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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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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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