La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins announce Zumaya deal

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: January 18, 2012 - 5:10 PM

The Twins have officially announced that they have agreed to terms with reliever Joel Zumaya on a one-year contract. We reported earlier in the week that the deal is worth $800,000 with the chance to earn another $900,000 in incentives.

Zumaya had to pass a physical exam before the club made the deal official.

The Twins, in desperate need of bullpen firepower, are rolling the dice that Zumaya, who routinely hit 100 miles an hour with his fastball but has dealt with injuries up and down his talented right arm, can stay healthy and provide the Twins with an advantage late in games.

Zumaya is scheduled to speak to the media via conference call at 10:30 am Thursday.

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