Evans Clinchy
Monday January 16th, 2012

Joel Zumaya is back in the game -- the flame-throwing reliever has agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.

Zumaya, who was known throughout his five seasons in Detroit for routinely cracking 100 miles per hour on his fastball, missed all of last season with a fractured elbow. His last appearance in a major league game, ironically against the Twins, came on June 28, 2010.

According to MLB.com, Zumaya's deal will be worth between $800,000 to $1.7 million, depending on appearance-based incentives. The reliever reportedly had "good offers" from three other clubs but chose the Twins for the guaranteed money, rather than a minor league deal and spring training invite. Zumaya had a record of 13-12 with a 3.05 ERA in 209.2 innings during his five seasons in Detroit. He turns 28 in November.

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