The Twins came into the Winter Meetings with the goal of acquiring pitching. They acquired both a starter and a reliever, signing Michael Pineda and agreeing to terms with reliever Fernando Rodney.
Just 15 minutes before Twins manager Paul Molitor took the podium at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, the club announced it had signed right-hander Michael Pineda to a backloaded two-year deal worth $10 million.
The Twins made their first significant signing of the offseason, but it’s a move more geared toward 2019. They signed right-hander Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million contract on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, despite the pitcher undergoing Tommy John surgery on July 18.
With the way technology has changed the Winter Meetings, teams don’t meet in person as much as they did in the past. The Twins bucked that trend on Tuesday, meeting with several teams to talk about potential trades, according to general manager Thad Levine.
The Twins mostly met with agents on the first day of the annual Winter Meetings, and a few clubs as well, as they try to acquire pitching help for both the rotation and bullpen.
As part of the sixth annual Winter Meetings charity auction, the Twins created three different baseball-related experiences fans can bid on as part of the auction that runs through Thursday at MLB.com/wintermeetingsauction.
The Twins have made it loud and clear that acquiring pitching is their top objective this offseason, and now that the Winter Meetings are here, the front office is hoping to accelerate that process.
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The Rule 5 Draft is an afterthought for many teams at the Winter Meetings, but to former general manager Terry Ryan, it was seen as a way for the budget-conscious Twins to cheaply acquire young talent.
Despite voiding top prospect Jelfry Marte’s $3 million deal because of vision issues, the Twins still have interest in signing the 16-year-old Dominican shortstop, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
The Twins have agreed to terms with Yunior Severino, a 18-year-old infielder granted free agency last month after Major League Baseball penalized the Braves for infractions committed on the international market.