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Twins Sign Michael Pineda To Two-Year Deal, Likely To Miss Most Of 2018

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The Minnesota Twins signed free agent starting pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million deal, as announced on Wednesday.

Pineda, 28, was 8-4 in 17 starts for the New York Yankees in 2017 before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery on July 18.

After a solid 2011 rookie season for the Seattle Mariners, Pineda was traded to the Yankees after the season in a deal that sent top catching prospect Jesus Montero to Seattle. Pineda ended up missing two full seasons before making 13 starts in 2014 for the Yankees, going 5-5 with a 1.89 ERA. In his next three years with New York, he was 26-26 with a 4.56 ERA in 76 games/starts.

The 6’7” right-hander is set to make $2 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019 for Minnesota. Pineda isn’t expected to pitch much, if at all, in 2018; but Twins manager Paul Molitor sees his signing as something positive.

“I’m excited,” said Molitor. “You make the sacrifice of giving up the year for the most part to allow (Pineda) to rehab, and you’re relying fairly heavily on taking the risk of upside in ’19, in his case. We all know what he can do when he’s healthy.”

Molitor spoke to Pineda via phone during the recruitment process. According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Pineda was “intrigued” of the idea of becoming a Twin.

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey weighed in on the acquisition of Pineda, saying, “It’s an opportunity to get a guy who has had some ups and downs at certain junctures, but when he’s at his best, his quality of stuff is as good as any pitcher. There’s a chance to have some upside there in ’19.”

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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