Late in the season Jason Isringhausen said that he was leaning toward retirement. Jon Heyman reports, however, that he has decided to come back for another year and that three teams are interested in him at the moment.
He could be useful, I suppose. Despite 16 years and 1008 innings on the odometer, Isringhausen was at least moderately useful last season, throwing 46 innings with a 4.13 ERA. He walked a lot of guys, though, so one figures that any deal he gets won’t be a big one and won’t be for a late innings job.
According to MLB.com associate reporter Jarrid Denney, right-hander Michael Pineda threw off a mound Wednesday morning at Target Field for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Pineda was signed to a two-year, $10 million free agent contract this winter by the Twins, who are probably more focused on what he might be able to do in 2019 rather than 2018.
He had the reconstructive elbow surgery last July 18, so he won’t be an option for the Minnesota rotation until probably late August or September of this year. Still, that deal seems like a nice gamble given the price point and the possibility that he will regain his form as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter. That he’s making steady progress in his rehab makes the situation all the more encouraging.
Pineda, 29, holds a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 687 strikeouts in 680 career major league innings.