Rangers manager Ron Washington is not on the hot seat

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Via MLB.com’s Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan:

Manager Ron Washington said he has no fears about his job. General manager Jon Daniels said Washington should have no concerns about his job.

Daniels said he “fully expects” Washington to be back as manager next season.

Sullivan’s story was published before Texas routed the Rays 7-1 on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

The Rangers have been in a free fall over the past couple of weeks and are suddenly fighting for their lives in the chaotic American League Wild Card race, but Washington has a 602-520 record since taking over as manager in 2007 and he guided the club to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Maybe the story changes if the Rangers miss the playoffs. And maybe that point was already obvious.

But for now Washington looks pretty safe.

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.