D-backs claim righty Mulvey from Twins
Prospect acquired for cash, could fit into rotation mix
LOS ANGELES -- On Monday night, D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said goodbye to a pitcher midway through the game as veteran Jon Garland was dealt to the Dodgers.
On Tuesday, he looked forward to greeting a new addition to his staff during the game.
The D-backs claimed Kevin Mulvey off waivers from the Twins' organization and will send cash considerations to Minnesota for the right-hander. He was expected to arrive at Dodger Stadium after game time. In a separate but related move, the D-backs announced they will receive cash considerations from the Twins, who claimed D-backs right-hander Jon Rauch on waivers on Aug. 28.
The moves essentially mean that Mulvey is the player to be named later for Rauch.
Mulvey was 5-8 with a 3.93 ERA in 24 starts for Triple-A Rochester this year. He appeared in two games for the Twins earlier this year and allowed four runs in 1 1/3 innings.
"He's kind of been stuck behind a good group of pitchers in Minnesota," Hinch said. "He's a second-round pick, he's had success at the upper levels for a couple of years now and kind of fits into our need."
The 24-year-old was initially drafted by the Mets in the second round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft and was New York's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2007. He was dealt to the Twins after that season as part of the Johan Santana deal.
Mulvey will initially move into the bullpen with Billy Buckner getting Garland's start Thursday against the Dodgers.
"It wouldn't shock me if he gets a start sometime in September," Hinch said of Mulvey.
With the departure of Garland and the possible departure of Doug Davis and Brandon Webb, the D-backs will be looking to fill some rotation spots and Mulvey fits into that mix along with guys like Buckner, Yusmeiro Petit, Bryan Augenstein and, depending on his health, Jarrod Parker.
"As we kind of think of next year and creating some depth and competition in our rotation, he certainly will fit into that competition," D-backs GM Josh Byrnes said. "He's a four-pitch guy, athletic and we're happy to have him."
Mulvey will wear No. 57, the same number worn by Rauch.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.