Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired outfielder Jeremias Pineda from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for third baseman Danny Valencia.
Pineda, 21, is currently hitting .421 (56-for-133), with nine doubles, three triples, 14 stolen bases and 20 runs scored for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox. The switch-hitting outfielder, was originally signed by the Red Sox prior to the 2011 season, and will be assigned to the Gulf Coast League Twins.
Valencia, who was originally drafted by the Twins in the 19th round of the 2006 First-Year Player draft, spent his entire career in the Twins organization, including appearing in 34 games for the Twins this season.
The Minnesota Twins also announced today that they will recall infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka from Triple-A Rochester. In 84 games for the Red Wings this season, Nishioka has batted .245 (79-for-322) with 13 doubles, one triple, one home run, 24 rbi, 32 runs scored and 29 walks. Nishioka will join the Twins tomorrow in Cleveland.
After playing in parts of eight seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball with the Chiba Lotte Mariners, the Japanese infielder signed a three-year contract with the Twins prior to the 2011 season. Nishioka spent the entire year with the Twins in 2011 but missed 59 games after fracturing his left fibula on April 7 in New York.