The Minnesota Twins finalized a $20 million, two-year contract with suspended pitcher Michael Pineda on Tuesday and a $4.25 million, one-year deal with catcher Alex Avila.
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From the ace in the spotlight to why this year's meetings could actually produce some major moves, here's what you need to know as the hot stove's main event begins.
Free agent catcher Alex Avila and the Minnesota Twins have reached agreement on a one-year contract for $4.25 million, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan on Friday.
Right-hander Michael Pineda, whose 60-game suspension for using a banned substance will carry over into the 2020 season, is returning to the Twins. The sides have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract, sources tell ESPN.
Jeff Passan ESPN
Right-hander Michael Pineda and the Minnesota Twins are in agreement on a two-year, $20 million deal, sources tell ESPN.
The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday they will make further extensions to safety netting at Target Field next season, the third such enhancement they've made in five years.
William Weinbaum ESPN
The Twins announced plans Wed. to increase the length & height of Target Field's safety netting, becoming the 14th team to install or commit to extensions since a toddler's 5/29 head injury on a foul liner in Houston. They join the Astros, Braves, Brewers, Chisox, D-backs, Dodgers, Jays, Nats, O's, Phils, Pirates, Rangers & Royals.
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Former Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Rangers, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
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