Indians get Russ Canzler back from the Blue Jays

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Russ Canzler was designated for assignment by the Indians last month and promptly claimed by Toronto.

But now the 26-year-old is returning to Cleveland.

According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Tribe claimed Canzler on Wednesday back from the Blue Jays, designating right-hander Jeanmar Gomez for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster.

Canzler batted just .269/.299/.498 in 97 plate appearances last year in the majors, but he won MVP honors at the Triple-A level in 2011 after posting a .938 OPS, 18 homers and 83 RBI in 131 games for the Durham Bulls — an affiliate of the Rays. He could see action at DH in 2013 with the Indians.

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.