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01/06/10 7:26 PM EST

Twins sign Condrey to one-year deal

Righty adds experience to 'pen; club releases Keppel

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have added another relief option to their roster, signing right-handed pitcher Clay Condrey to a one-year contract for the 2010 season.

Condrey, 34, became a free agent after he was non-tendered by the Phillies on Dec. 12. The right-hander, who would have been arbitration-eligible this year had Philadelphia offered him a contract, was 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 45 relief appearances for the Phillies in 2009. Condrey spent two stints on the disabled list last year but still pitched 42 innings, issuing 14 walks while striking out 25.

For his career, Condrey is 18-12 with a 4.10 ERA, spending parts of six seasons with the Phillies and San Diego Padres. Condrey was with the Phillies for the last four of those seasons.

"He's been through two pennant races with the Phillies the last two years, and he's pitched well," Twins general manager Bill Smith said. "He's a little bit more of a veteran that can pitch in the middle of the bullpen. We think that can help us."

In a corresponding roster move, the Twins announced that they released right-hander Bobby Keppel. The pitcher asked for his release so he could sign with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League for the 2010 season.

Keppel went 1-1 with a 4.83 ERA in 37 relief appearances for the Twins last year. He earned his first Major League win in the final regular-season game of 2009, the club's one-game tiebreaker for the AL Central title with the Tigers at the Metrodome.

Condrey takes Keppel's spot on the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 40 players.

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