Pineda, who turns 29 in January, underwent Tommy John surgery in July, so he figures to miss the majority of the 2018 season. Last season, he pitched to a 4.39 ERA/103 ERA+ with a 4.38 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings for the Yankees. For his career, Pineda owns an ERA+ of 101 with a 4.38 K/BB ratio across five big-league seasons and 117 starts.
Once healthy, Pineda in Minnesota will join a rotation that also includes Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios, and Kyle Gibson. The Twins are of course coming off a surprise wild-card berth in 2017, so perhaps Pineda when he returns will give the Twins a stretch-drive push as they work to return to the playoffs in 2018.