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Recovering Pineda, Twins agree to $10M, 2-year deal

The Minnesota Twins have taken another step toward deepening their starting pitching.

This boost won't take effect for a while.

Minnesota agreed Wednesday to a $10 million, two-year contract with former New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, a move made with 2019 in mind. Pineda is recovering from Tommy John surgery on July 18, putting him on track to return to a major league mound possibly late in the 2018 season.

"We all know, when he's healthy, what he can do," manager Paul Molitor said during baseball's winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

For now, the focus will be on Pineda's rehabilitation from elbow ligament replacement.

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