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Angels, Dodgers and Mets "all in" on Pineiro

Jan 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

3096.jpgJon Heyman of tweets that the Angels, Dodgers and Mets are “all in” on free agent Joel Pineiro.
The Mets have been connected to the 31-year-old right-hander all
winter, while the Dodgers have stepped up their pursuit in recent
weeks. The Angels, meanwhile, expressed interest early on, but have
money to spend after losing John Lackey and Chone Figgins.

Pineiro, like many free agent pitchers, hoped to use Randy Wolf’s
three-year, $30 million contract with the Brewers as a framework for a
new deal, but it hasn’t exactly worked out that way. At this point,
he’s more likely to find a contract just north of the two-year, $15
million contract the Nationals gave right-hander Jason Marquis.

On a related note, the Mets will be among a handful of teams in
attendance to watch Ben Sheets throw at the University of Louisiana on
Tuesday, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. All involved will likely wait on investing in Pineiro until they see how Sheets checks out.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 17, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    If Heyman is tweeting this, then Piniero is either a client of Scott Boras or the other agent who pimps Heyman, Broadway Danny Rose.

  2. Chris - Jan 17, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    The Mets need to wait until they see Sheets. I would rather have Garland and Sheets than Piniero.

  3. john pileggi - Jan 17, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Given the Mets’ problems with the medical staff, perhaps a guy like Sheets is not a good idea at this moment………

  4. BIGBRUCE11047 - Jan 17, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    I think the Dodgers are going after something that they have an abundance of, pitching. The Dodgers need to line up the pitchers they have and use them the correct way instead of doing what they did in the playoffs last season. Torre just threw in somebody who could possibly stop the offense of the opposing team but if a pitcher doesn’t know if he is going to be a closer, set-up man, long relief, etc… he doesn’t know how to hone his skills. What the Dodgers need is another righthanded power hitter. Somebody has to help Kemp and Ramirez in driving in runs.

  5. Paul of Madison - Jan 18, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Hey BIGBRUCE11047, The Dodgers have plenty of hitting in their lineup. With a shortage of cash, they need to concentrate on pitching. A team never ever has too much pitching. They are short of a guy or guys who can eat up the innings thereby keeping the bullpen strong and healthy. We all know how Joe T. will go to the bullpen and by year’s end they are just so tired. Inning eaters like Derek Lowe are the kind of guys we need and they just are not out there. It would have been better to try and keep Wolf and Garland. Piniero is probably the best of the bunch out there. Depending on our young talent (Stults, Ebert, McDonald) solely maybe too much to ask of them. But with Billingsley, the young Koufax, Padilla (if he signs), and Kuroda, and one new starter plus the youngsters we maybe okay for the year- – – as long as everyone stays healthy.

  6. nathan - Jan 18, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    kemp and ramirez? you mean kemp and ethier. ramirez had been sucking lately going on good runs and terrible runs. and didnt ethier lead the team in rbis AND home runs?

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