Buck Showalter pranks Darren O’Day

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Buck Showalter may be the uncoolest guy on the planet. Witness.  But this, done under the auspices of MLB’s FanCave was pretty damn good.

I almost feel sorry to see O’Day’s head hanging like that at the end.  Only wish they left him on the hook longer. Like, until just before game time, and then have Dan Duquette get involved and stuff.

Twins sign Michael Pineda to a two-year deal

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The Twins just announced that they have signed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year contract.

Pineda, 28, has a 4.05 career ERA and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings over 680 career major league innings.

Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery this past July, so the Twins are buying a 2018 filled mostly with rehab and a pitcher for 2019. As such, the deal is probably not too taxing financially, but could pay off pretty well for them if Pineda comes back strong.