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Twins sign RHP Pineda, who may miss 2018

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have signed former New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda, giving a two-year, $10 million contract to the right-hander recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The move made Wednesday by the Twins during baseball's winter meetings was more for 2019, when Pineda will earn $8 million. He'll get $2 million for the 2018 season, which he'll likely miss while continuing the rehab following elbow ligament replacement.

Pineda's procedure was performed July 18. The typical timetable for Tommy John patients to return to the mound is between 12 and 18 months.


Mets sign RHP Swarzak for 2 years, $14M

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press that free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak has reached a deal with the New York Mets.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday at the winter meetings because Swarzak still needed to complete a physical. Swarzak is set to get $14 million over two years.


Costas wins Frick Award for broadcasting

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) As a boy, Bob Costas took a cross-country drive with his dad, delighting in spinning the radio dial and listening "through the crackle and static" to broadcasts from far-flung ballparks.

He pulled in the big stations - WJR in Detroit, KDKA in Pittsburgh, WBAL in Baltimore and beyond - mesmerized by the games.


Padres acquire 3B Headley from Yankees

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The New York Yankees made a rare payroll dump, creating flexibility to add starting pitching.

Third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell were dealt to San Diego on Tuesday for 28-year-old outfielder Jabari Blash, who made his big league debut in 2016 and has played in 99 games in the majors over two seasons.


O's Machado may have new position, team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado could be on the move.

To a new position - or a new team.


A's, TV partner denounce Canseco tweets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) A series of tweets by Jose Canseco about sexual misconduct and politicians could put in jeopardy his job as a studio analyst on Oakland Athletics telecasts.

The former A's slugger posted several times Tuesday on Twitter. Among them: "What is going on with all these politicians molesting women I've been molested by several women and never complained."


Cubs announce 2-year deal with P Morrow

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Chicago Cubs agreed to a two-year contract with Brandon Morrow on Tuesday night after the reliever played a key role in their loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series.

The 33-year-old Morrow went 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA and two saves in 45 appearances for Los Angeles last season. The hard-throwing right-hander did not allow a home run in his 43 2/3 innings.


Showalter wants to manage O's past 2018

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Buck Showalter wants to continue managing the Baltimore Orioles after his contract expires following the 2018 season.

The three-time Manager of the Year was asked Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings whether he wants to manage the Orioles in 2019 and beyond.


Dodgers' Bellinger could play more OF

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger could play more often in the outfield for the Los Angeles Dodgers next season if first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is healthy.

Last season, Bellinger made 83 starts at first base and 43 in the outfield, where he played all three positions. He was first base throughout the postseason with Gonzalez sidelined.

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