MINNEAPOLIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is headed to the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins signed the right-hander recovering from Tommy John surgery to a two-year, $10 million contract Wednesday.READ MORE: Pfizer: COVID Vaccine Booster Appears To Protect Against Omicron Variant
The move made during baseball’s winter meetings was more for 2019, when Pineda will earn $8 million. He’ll get $2 million for the 2018 season, which he’ll likely miss while continuing the rehab following elbow ligament replacement.
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Pineda’s procedure was performed July 18. The typical timetable for Tommy John patients to return to the mound is between 12 and 18 months.
Once among the promising prospects, the 28-year-old Pineda went 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 17 starts for the Yankees last season.
Acquired in a January 2012 trade with Seattle, Pineda was 31-31 with a 4.16 ERA in his four seasons with New York.MORE NEWS: NYPD Pulls 2,000 Body Cameras After One Catches Fire
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