Twins sign May to Minor League deal

Twins sign May to Minor League deal

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins added another option for a left-handed reliever on Monday by signing Darrell May to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

May, 33, is the most recent pitcher with Major League experience to be inked to a Minor League deal with the Twins. Dennys Reyes and Gabe White also will compete with May in Spring Training for the spot in the bullpen left open by the departure of J.C. Romero.

A starter for the Kansas City Royals from 2002-04, May began last season with San Diego where he was 1-3 with a 5.61 ERA in 22 appearances (eight starts). He was then shipped to the Yankees in July. May's struggles continued there, as he went 0-1 with a 16.71 ERA in two appearances.

One of the things that attracted Twins general manager Terry Ryan to May was his success in the Metrodome. Over the last three seasons, May holds a 2.88 ERA in six games at the Twins' stadium. Despite his ups and downs in 2005, Ryan believes that the veteran pitcher can provide some quality competition for that left-handed spot.

"When you take a guy out of the rotation, it can sometimes add a couple of years to his career," Ryan said. "May is someone who's been around and knows what he's doing and we could use that type of experience."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.