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Rangers acquire Zack Granite from Twins

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The Rangers picked up outfielder Zack Granite in a trade with the Twins, the team announced Sunday. Minnesota received minor league reliever Xavier Moore and cash considerations in the deal. In a corresponding move, Texas placed outfielder Scott Heineman (labrum surgery) on the 60-day injured list to create roster space for Granite.

Granite, 26, was designated for assignment by Minnesota on Monday. Lingering shoulder and oblique issues complicated his plans to compete for a role within the organization, and as of 2019, he has not logged a single at-bat in the majors since his rookie campaign in 2017. Last year, he batted just .211/.282/.245 with eight extra-base hits and nine stolen bases (in 13 chances) through 263 PA at Triple-A Rochester.

Now healthy, he’s expected to provide some outfield depth for the Rangers while trying to work his way back to a starting role. The latter may not be a feasible goal for the oft-injured center fielder, but his past performances in the minors indicate that he has the speed, if little else, to stick in the outfield on a regular basis.

Twenty-year-old Moore, meanwhile, is still getting the hang of things in Low-A ball. He’ll continue his development in the minors this season after tossing a combined .5.30 ERA, 4.8 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 18 2/3 innings with the Rangers’ Rookie and Low-A affiliates in 2018.

Report: Twins, Michael Pineda agree to two-year, $20 million contract

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Pierre Noujaim of Fox9 Minneapolis reports that the Twins and free agent starter Michael Pineda have agreed on a two-year contract. The Athletic’s Dan Hayes confirms Noujaim’s report and adds that the deal is for $20 million.

Pineda, 30, signed with the Twins in December 2017 while he was in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2018 season but began the 2019 season on time. Pineda went on to post a 4.01 ERA with 140 strikeouts and 28 walks across 146 innings. He was suspended 60 games in early September after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. There are 39 games remaining, so he won’t make his season debut next year until mid-May.

Pineda will rejoin a Twins rotation that features José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi. The Twins are likely not done hunting for rotation help.