May 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Casey Fien (50) celebrates with catcher Joe Mauer (7) after beating the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. The Twins won 10-3. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Interested In Minnesota Twins’ Relievers?


The San Francisco Giants’ bullpen hasn’t been as big as a disaster as their starting pitching or inconsistent offensive production–recently. However, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the team was scouting Minnesota Twins relievers on Monday night.

George A. King of the New York Post reported Tuesday morning that the Giants and Atlanta Braves have interest in New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain. Schulman goes on to confirm otherwise.

The Twins lost 10-4 to the Yankees, and it wasn’t a very good night for their relief corps: Jared Burton gave up three runs in 0.1 innings, Brian Duensing gave up three earned runs (four total) in 1.1 innings.

Casey Fien and Josh Roenicke were the only Twins relievers not to yield a run. Minnesota’s bullpen collapse came after Scott Diamond pitched 6.2 innings of two-run ball.

Schulman suggest in a follow-up tweet that Fien could be of the Giants’ interest.

San Francisco relievers have combined to post the sixth-best ERA in baseball in 2013. So, it hasn’t been a glaring issue. But the starting staff’s inability to pitch deep into games has caused fatigue to set in, and inexperienced arms are being put into high-pressured situations. Yeah, not such a good formula for success.

It would be a typical Brian Sabean move to pick up a reliever or two at the trade deadline. In the past, his additions have been significant contributors to San Francisco’s two World Series runs.

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