The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Matt Guerrier on a three-year, $12 million contract, according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is contingent on the pitcher passing a physical.
Guerrier, a right-hander whose entire seven-year career to this point has been spent with the Minnesota Twins, is a durable reliever who led the American League in appearances in both 2008 and 2009 and has topped 70 appearances each of the past four seasons.
The Rockies, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Orioles had reportedly also expressed interest in the reliever. The source said the Dodgers beat out the Rockies and Red Sox to land Guerrier.
Guerrier, 32, will round out the back end of the Dodgers bullpen, an area that is a bit shaky because closer Jonathan Broxton performed so poorly the second half of 2010 that he lost the job and primary set-up man Hong-Chih Kuo, who performed well enough to make the National League All-Star team and supplant Broxton as closer, still has to be used sparingly because of concerns about his physical well-being.
Guerrier presumably will fill a seventh-inning role on nights when Kuo is available and an eighth-inning role on nights when he isn't.
Guerrier has a 3.38 ERA in 393 career appearances for the Twins and a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than two to one.