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Rangers signing former Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey to minor league deal

The pitcher was released by the Twins on Aug. 7 after he was designated for assignment.

Looking to deepen a bullpen that has struggled this year without experience, the Rangers signed free agent right-hander Tyler Duffey to a minor league contract two people familiar with the discussions told The Dallas Morning News Friday.

Duffey, 31, was designated for assignment by Minnesota last week and went unclaimed through waivers, perhaps because about $1 million remained on his $3.8 million deal for 2022. There was interest in Duffey from multiple teams once he was released, mitigating the financial obligation of any team that signed him.

The Rangers should offer Duffey, who grew up in Houston and attended Rice, a fairly quick path back to the majors. He was quite effective with Minnesota from 2019-21, compiling a 2.69 ERA and 1.036 WHIP in 144 innings over 144 games. But he struggled this season to a 4.91 ERA. Minnesota designated him for assignment last Saturday, a day after he allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings of work against Toronto.

While Duffey’s fastball averages only 92.3 mph – considered slightly below average for a reliever – he did start throwing a slider with more regularity this year. The Rangers’ pitching coaches have had success tweaking sliders in the last two years.

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