Injuries interfered with Jason Bulger finding a permanent home in the Angels' bullpen. Now he'll get a chance to show what he can do with the Twins.
The Brookwood graduate signed a minor league contract with Minnesota and will be an invitee to the major league camp during spring training.
Bulger, who turned 33 on Dec. 6, appeared in 64 games for the Angels in 2009, going 6-1 with a 3.56 ERA. But he had shoulder problems in 2010 and spent most of last season in the minors. Dropped from the 40-man roster, he elected free agency.
When healthy, the right-hander displayed what Angels manager Mike Scoscia called an "electric arm." In 133 major league innings, Bulger has struck out 138.
The former Valdosta State standout appeared in five games with the Angels last April, then spent the rest of the season with Salt Lake in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
In 35 games with the Bees, Bulger was 1-0 with a 4.03 ERA and one save. He struck out 49 and walked 17 in 38 innings.
Bulger was a first-round draft choice of Arizona in 2001 and, after Tommy John elbow surgery, pitched in nine games for the Diamondbacks in 2005 before being traded to the Angels the next spring.
Over parts of seven seasons, Bulger has appeared in 125 major league games. He has a 7-2 career record with 4.33 ERA and one save.
Bulger was one of three players from Gwinnett County who became minor league free agents after the 2011 season.
Catcher Clint Sammons, a former Parkview and Georgia standout, re-signed with the Marlins after spending most of last season on the disabled list with Class AAA New Orleans. He spent his first seven seasons in the Braves organization, including two years with Gwinnett.
Infielder Nick Green, who has played with seven major league teams including the Braves, remains unsigned. The Duluth graduate finished last season in the Texas organization with Class AAA Oklahoma City.