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: Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccinations Suspended Across Tri-State As Federal Health Officials Investigate Rare Blood Clots
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.READ MORE: MTA Survey Finds 87% Of Lapsed Subway Riders Say Safety Is Biggest Factor In Return To Mass Transit
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: Sam Metcalfe, Paralyzed By Stray Bullet In Brooklyn, Speaks Out: 'The Person Who Shot Me Was Hunting A Young Man'
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