Pineda stands 6-7 and about 260 pounds. He is a flame-thrower, when healthy. The Twins deal with Pineda is such that he will make $2 million in 2018 and then $8 million in 2019.
The move is very similar to the transaction the Cubs made earlier this week when they signed lefty Drew Smyly for two years and $10 million.
While Pineda is unlikely to pitch in the big leagues in 2018 (14 month recovery would be late September), this move is a push for 2019 when he will be over 20 months post-surgery and the Twins should be making another playoff push.
It's another creative move for the Twins brass, and it doesn't necessarily stop them from doing anything else.
What do you think of the move?