LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Twins came into the Winter Meetings with the goal of acquiring pitching. They acquired both a starter and a reliever, signing Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million deal and reliever Fernando Rodney to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million.Pineda gives the Twins a
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Twins came into the Winter Meetings with the goal of acquiring pitching. They acquired both a starter and a reliever, signing Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million deal and reliever Fernando Rodney to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million.
Pineda gives the Twins a potential impact arm, albeit one more likely to make in impact in 2019. Pineda, who will make $2 million in '18 and $8 million in '19, underwent Tommy John surgery on July 19, and he could miss next season entirely. But given Pineda's stuff, the Twins felt it was a good value for a veteran who can make an impact in '19, especially with Ervin Santana heading into the final year of his contract. There's also a chance Pineda could provide a boost late next season, depending on his rehab.
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Rodney gives the Twins a short-term closer, as the 40-year-old racked up 39 saves with 65 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings for the D-backs last season.
The Twins are not done acquiring pitching, as they remain on the lookout for another starter and potentially another reliever.
They continue to show interest in the top starter on the market in right-hander Yu Darvish, who has a relationship with general manager Thad Levine from their time together in Texas when Levine was an assistant GM for the Rangers.
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Minnesota also has continued to be linked to right-handers Jacob Arrieta, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb despite all three being tied to Draft-pick compensation after being extended qualifying offers. But it's been a slow-moving market for starting pitchers.
"The top end of the market tends to be more patient because it's not like interest in going to evaporate," Levine said. "I think there are two tiers with Darvish and Arrieta linked, and then Lynn and Cobb linked. Time will tell how much they impact one another."
The Twins have also been in touch with the agents of their former players such as Matt Belisle, Bartolo Colon and Chris Gimenez, but former closer Brandon Kintzler signed a two-year deal to remain with the Nationals.
Minnesota doesn't seem to have as much interest in finding a designated hitter, as the club prefers the flexibility of that position with Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano, Eduardo Escobar, Robbie Grossman and Kennys Vargas expected to rotate at DH.
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The Twins selected right-hander Tyler Kinley from the Marlins in the Rule 5 Draft, but the club lost Nick Burdi and Luke Bard. Kinley, 26, is a hard-thrower who posted a 3.54 ERA with 72 strikeouts and 22 walks in 53 1/3 innings across Class A Advanced and Double-A last season. Burdi has a fastball that reaches 100 mph, but he's been injury prone in the Minors and underwent Tommy John surgery in May, which will keep him out until midseason. Bard, a first-rounder in 2012, is coming off a strong season at Double-A and Triple-A, but he has also dealt with injury issues.
GM's bottom line
"We have distinct holes to fill and needs for our team. I don't think we're going to wait indefinitely. Coming out of this offseason, we're aspirational to add some players. We'll be patient, but not to the tune of losing out on opportunities." -- Levine
Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter **@RhettBollinger** and **Facebook**.