Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's Official: Dodgers Sign Matt Guerrier

Dodgers Press release: 

The Los Angeles Dodgers today signed right-handed pitcher Matt Guerrier to a three-year contract. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

“Matt gives us depth in the bullpen as he’s proven to be a strong performer on a team that contends year in and year out,” said Colletti. “He’s willing to take the ball in any situation and his track record speaks for itself. We’re excited to have him in the late innings for the next few seasons.”  

Guerrier (pronounced Gurr-ear) has spent his entire seven-year big league career with the Minnesota Twins and since becoming a regular member of their relief corps in 2005, the Twins have gone 527-447 (.541) while posting bullpen ERA of 3.53, which ranks second in the Major Leagues over that time.

In 2010, Guerrier went 5-7 with one save and a 3.17 ERA in a team-leading 74 games. The right-hander has led Minnesota in games pitched for the last three seasons and finished second in 2007. Over the last four campaigns, Guerrier has appeared in 302 contests, which ranks second in baseball over that time, trailing only Pedro Feliciano. Guerrier’s 311.2 innings since 2007 lead all Major League relievers over that span.    

Over the past two seasons, the Cleveland, Ohio native has limited the opposition to a .213 batting average against, including a .207 mark in 2009. That .213 opponents’ average the last two seasons ranked 23rd in the AL among all relievers and 13th among non-closers. In 2009, Guerrier tied for the Major League lead with 33 holds and over the last two years, only San Diego’s Luke Gregerson (67) has more holds than his 56.

In 43 career games against the National League, Guerrier owns a 1.90 ERA (11 ER/52.0 IP). With the exception of the second half in 2008, the 32-year-old is 17-16 with a 2.74 ERA since the start of the 2007 season.

In three American League Division Series (2006, ’09-10), Guerrier has given up just one hit and one walk over 4.2 scoreless innings in five appearances. Over seven Major League seasons and 393 career games (three starts), Guerrier is 19-25 with five saves and a 3.38 ERA (177 ER/472.0 IP) to go along with 310 strikeouts and just 147 walks.

Guerrier was originally a 10th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft after attending Kent State University, where he led the Golden Flashes in strikeouts and innings pitched that season.

Gurrier and his wife Dejie live with their daughter Avie (7/31/08) in Birmingham, AL.