The Twins chose not to re-sign Michael Pineda last winter despite their lack of throwing depth and the fact that the right-hander, who won nine games with a 3.62 ERA in 2021, repeatedly expressed interest in returning. On Wednesday, they will have the opportunity to assess this decision first hand.
“It wouldn’t have been a bad thing, that’s for sure,” the Twins manager said. Rocco Baldelli mentioned. “Mike Pineda has done amazing things for us, thrown a lot of winning games for us, whenever we needed him. And he’s a great human being to be around.”
A week after the opening of spring training camps, but well before the signing of the Twins Chris Archer or exchanged for chris paddack, Pineda agreed to a one-year contract with Detroit for $5.75 million, a 42% pay cut from his $10 million salary with the Twins last year. Wednesday’s game will be his second start of the season; Pineda, 33, who was honored with a tribute video on the Target Field scoreboard ahead of Tuesday’s game, pitched five innings Thursday against the Yankees, knocking them out on three hits for the win.
“I trust our process and the way we put our group together. There were versions of the team that could have included Mike. Obviously, [it] played that way,” Baldelli said. “I can’t wait to see Mike. I shouldn’t say I can’t wait to see him come up against us, but I can’t wait to see him in the flesh and see his big smile and hopefully catch him up a bit.”
Correa sticking around?
Carlos Correa is aware that most baseball fans view his three-year, $105.3 million deal with the Twins as a one-year deal, as it entitles him to become a free agent and seek an even bigger deal rich in November. But as he has done many times since signing that deal in March, Correa reiterated Tuesday that his preference is to stay in Minnesota.
“I wanted to reassure [the Twins] that I want to be part of the family here,” Correa said, echoing his introductory press conference. “I want to be part of a winning culture, and I think with this team we can do that. .”
Correa is having the worst April of his career this year, entering Tuesday’s game with a .192 ERA and just one home run. But his value outside the batting box is evident, Baldelli said.
“His commitment to his teammates has really stood out. He’s a team player and he’s here for all the right reasons,” the manager said. “He leaves you with a great feeling every day when he shows up and when he leaves the stadium. We are lucky to have him.”
• Sonny Gray kicked off his second bullpen session since being on the injured list on Tuesday, and the right-hander is eligible to be activated on Wednesday. It won’t happen, Baldelli said, but “hopefully not for too long.” Gray suffered a mild hamstring sprain in his right leg on April 16 in Boston.
• Receiver Gary Sanchez, who has been out since Friday with abdominal strain, will practice behind home plate and in the batting cage on Wednesday. “If he does well and [the tightness] really doesn’t seem present anymore, that’s something you could speed up quickly,” Baldelli said. However, he added, “if it doesn’t go well, you’re probably talking about a [injured list] stint. But we’ll wait to find out tomorrow.”
• Responsible Tigers AJ Hinch on Byron Buxtonwhose six home runs are tied for the MLB lead: “That’s a problem when you’re in the division. And that’s a compliment.”