The Twins Should Bring Michael Pineda Back for 2020
Image courtesy of © David Berding-USA TODAY SportsThe 2019 season was going extremely well for Pineda before he was suspended. In 26 games started he had a 4.01 ERA, 4.02 FIP, 8.63 K/9 and 1.73 BB/9, but he had an excellent stretch before the suspension that really intrigues me. From June 13 to September 6 he had a 2.96 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 1.9 BB/9 and .234/.277/.373 (.650) line against him. If the Twins get that guy in their fifth rotation spot then they are in a great spot.
From everything I have heard, the Twins seem like a lock to get at least one free agent in the second tier of free agents (Wheeler, Ryu, Bumgarner, Hamels), and then sign or trade for another starter to fill the number three or four spot. That leaves one rotation spot open and I think Pineda is the perfect fit.
He is going to be finishing up his suspension for the first part of the season but that is fine. The Twins likely will want to get guys like Dobnak, Thorpe, and Smeltzer some starts this season and with Pineda serving suspension they will be able to make that happen. He will likely be looking for a one year "make good" deal for around $10-$12 million to hit free agency again next season with a clean slate. It seems like a good fit for both sides.
I’m not at all saying he should be their big name free agent signing, and if he headlines their offseason then it was likely a failed one. He would be a nice piece to cap off the offseason. A rotation of Berrios, Odorizzi, FA/trade, FA/trade, and then Pineda would be a very good rotation depending on the pitchers they pick up of course.
They will need to find someone to fill that fifth spot so why not bring someone everyone enjoys playing with and someone who already knows the organization well? They might decide to go the route of another Martin Perez type project, but I like Pineda to return for one more season.
Is Michael Pineda someone you would like to see come back to Minnesota? He certainly expressed his interest in returning during his interview after the suspension. He was loved by his teammates and there really isn’t any risk to bringing him back. What do you think will happen or what would you like to happen with Big Mike? Leave a comment and discuss below.
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