The Rays may have reached an agreement with Dirk Hayhurst, a journeyman minor league relief pitcher. Hayhurst is better known as the author of The Bullpen Gospels, a book he released last year about life in the minor leagues and the quest to make it to the big leagues.
Hayhurst hinted about the signing on Twitter, but we are being told that he is waiting for the Rays to make an official announcement before commenting further.
Hayhurst, who will be 30 in 2011, does have 25 big league appearances with the Padres and Blue Jays, posting a 5.72 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 39.1 innings.
Hayhurst is also known as “Garfoose,” which is a half-giraffe, half-moose creature. The Garfoose can be spotted anytime Hayhurst autographs something (as seen above).
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