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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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