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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:21 PM

According to Peirre Noujaim from Fox 9 News in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal to keep veteran Michael Pineda with the team. His sources tell him that the deal is for two years and $20 million.

Dan Hayes reports that the deal is pending a physical.For the second time, it appears that the Twins will be signing right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year deal. This one, however, is worth twice as much as his last deal.




Two years ago, the Twins signed Pineda to a two-year, $10 million. He spent most of 2018 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. His rehab ended in September with a knee injury.

He started the 2019 season as the Twins #4 starter, but as the season went along, he became arguably their most reliable starter.

In 2019, he went 11-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 26 starts. In 146 innings, he walked just 28 and struck out 140 batters.

Unfortunately, his season ended early do to failing a PED test (the diuretic found in his system is said to be a masking agent, so he appealed and the suspension was reduced to 60 games.). He received a 60-game suspension. He will have to miss the first 39 games of the 2020 season.

But after serving the rest of the suspension, he will join a rotation that includes Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi. Should the Twins make the playoffs again in 2020, Pineda will be eligible.

The Twins are still reportedly in the bidding on veteran Madison Bumgarner as well.

Aaron Gleeman from The Athletic and Gleeman and the Geek tweeted out the top remaining free agent pitchers this morning.



According to his list, the Twins have now signed two of his top eight free agent starters already this offseason, Pineda (#8) and Jake Odorizzi (#6).

Dan Hayes, also of The Athletic, reports that the deal is pending a physical.


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#2 Marv Gustafson

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:26 PM

Yay, Let's keep the PED gang together! Too bad Ervin isn't available...or is he?
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#3 TNTwinsFan

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:36 PM

Now sign MadBum and Alex Wood and the rotation is set.
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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:38 PM

Great! Now if they can sign Madbum this is looking like a solid rotation.
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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:44 PM

Great news! I'm also really glad Odorizzi took the QO - he has to be regretting it at this point.

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:48 PM

I like this.
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#7 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:49 PM

Odorizzi and Pineda are just fine second and third moves.

Now go make a real move for someone at or above Berrios’ level.
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#8 laloesch

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:52 PM

Now sign Bumgarner and this rotation is looking much better.
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#9 operation mindcrime

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 07:59 PM

If he's our 4th or 5th starter I'll be okay with it!
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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:00 PM

Big Mike will be the best #5 in the league after we sign Cole and Strasburg. 

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:01 PM

I'm glad the Twins took advantage of his depressed value due to the PEDs; this could end up being a real bargain, and at relatively low risk at just two years. 

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#12 Hosken Bombo Disco

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:02 PM

I am frankly surprised by this.
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#13 Tom Froemming

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:03 PM

This is a tremendous deal. By several metrics Pineda was better than both Wheeler and Bumgarner in 2019, and they're all very close in age.

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#14 DocBauer

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:10 PM

Super happy about this and glad it was for 2yrs and not one. A little less than I expected though. Thought they might have to go $12M
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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:11 PM

I think that the signings of Pineda and Odorizzi also suggest that the Twins provide an environment where players want to stay. 

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#16 AZTwin

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:16 PM

I think we’re sitting at a good point with our rotation now.
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#17 amjgt

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:16 PM

Awesome. Love everything about this.

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:16 PM

Sign Bumgarner. Trade for a stud pitcher. Sign a backup catcher. Two bullpen additions via trade or free agency. Maybe sign that Japanese first baseman, and call it a day.

 

B+/A- offseason.

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:17 PM

He did not fail a PED test. He was dinked for the same substance that Vargas was dinked in the minors a few years ago:A diuretic.Meds that makes people pee to lose weight (hint hint) or to reduce their blood pressure. Steroid users are using them to induce frequent urination that would result to excretion of testable steroidmetabolites from their system.That's why it is banned.  Nothing like E. Santana taking Stanozolol (synthetic Testosterone...)

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Posted 05 December 2019 - 08:27 PM

So isn't this deal technically like 2 years $17.5M after you factor in that he still has to finish serving the rest of his suspension?

 

Decent signing to be the 4th starter in the rotation.

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