Joe Mauer had knee surgery

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MLB.com says that Joe Mauer underwent minor surgery on his left knee this week. I didn’t know he needed it, but apparently it was no big deal: just some inflammation build-up. He’s expected to be  good to go once spring training starts.

While we’re in Minnesota, I would just like to note that I could not be more pleased that the Vikings have to play an outdoor game in terrible weather in front of fans who have to fight for the best seats while simultaneously being deprived of life-giving beer.  People say that outdoor baseball in Minneapolis is a bad idea. Beats the heck out of that spectacle, no?

Chris Tillman returns to the Orioles on a one-year deal

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Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles on a one-year, $3 million deal. Jon Heyman was the first to report the deal. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com says that Tillman chose the Orioles over accepting minor league offers with the Tigers or Blue Jays.

Tillman, 29, has spent his entire major league career in Baltimore. After posting career-high numbers in 2016, he was awful in 2017 and missed nearly six weeks with recurring right shoulder inflammation. He finished the season with a 7.84 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 4.9 SO/9 over 93 innings.

Nevertheless, the Orioles are thin on pitching, so he’ll likely join Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and Andrew Cashner in the O’s rotation.