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The Mets want Joel Piniero

Nov 17, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

The Mets could use a pitcher — they could use a lot of things actually — and according to Adam Rubin of the Daily News, they are seriously interested in free agent Joel Piniero.

Piniero doesn’t walk anyone. Indeed, he was the least walkinest pitcher in baseball, allowing a mere 1.14 per nine innings last year. Such stinginess would be a nice addition to a Mets staff that walks guys like crazy.

So go for it, New York. And why not take a chance on the Mets, Piniero?  They have a huge park, they’ll give you a lot of money, and given how bad things were in Queens last year, you’ll be a hero if you do anything other than blow out both hamstrings while running in the outfield on Opening Day.

  1. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 17, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Ah the mets, going after a guy who had a good year by cutting his walks by over 50%, HR by 50%, and lowest BABIP since ’03 with the Mariners.
    What am I saying, go sign him Mets!
    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1094&position=P
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pineijo01.shtml

  2. Levi Stahl - Nov 17, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    For about three months this year, Pineiro was–as the folks at Viva El Birdos so beautifully put it–possessed by the ghost of Christy Mathewson: he was a deadball pitcher, with nearly every batter putting the ball in play. No walks, no strikeouts, no home runs.
    It didn’t last, but it was great fun for a while.

  3. hop - Nov 17, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    This guy has “BUST” written all over him, a perfect match for the Muts!

  4. Cru11 - Nov 17, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Lets see if another Latin acquirement is going to tank like the others.

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