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Joel Pineiro inks minor-league contract with Phillies

Jan 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Joel Pineiro just completed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Angels, but he posted a 5.13 ERA in 146 innings last season and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that he’s had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Phillies.

No official announcement has been made yet, but according to Stark the contract includes an invitation to spring training.

Even if Pineiro had zero big-league contracts on the table choosing the Phillies is an odd decision, as they have a fully stocked rotation and a sixth starter, Kyle Kendrick, under contract for $3.5 million despite likely being bullpen bound. Of course, the fact that guys like Pineiro are available for non-guaranteed minor-league contracts is also why giving $3.5 million to guys like Kendrick is such an iffy move in itself.

Pineiro had shoulder problems last season and a minuscule strikeout rate has made it tough for him to maintain a good performance year-to-year, but he induces plenty of ground balls and has a 4.06 ERA in 512 innings during the past three seasons.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Paying KK is called taking care of your employees. Will he bring 3.5 million of value to the staff this year? Probably not, but he has absolutely brought that value to the team throughout his Phillies career. Back on point, this is a good signing for the Phillies. They seem to have signed a bunch of veteran pitchers this off season to provide organizational depth.

    • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      Yeah. Kyle Kendrick’s 3.5 million dollar, 1 year deal seems to be getting a lot of bad coverage. The guy wins games, is never injured, and can come out of the pen and spot start for the Phillies. I’ll take Kendrick at that salary compared to a lot of other pitchers.

    • phillyphreak - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      FTFY: Paying KK is called amaro-ing of your employees.

    • phillyphreak - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      FTFY: Paying KK is called amaro-ing your employees.

      • phillyphreak - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Stupid double post.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Yet another pitcher that has spurned the Red Sox. Just this weekend there was Zumaya, Colon now Pineiro.

    • paperlions - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      oh no, what will the Red Sox ever do without one of those three guys? How will they survive?

  3. Jonny 5 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    This is Amaro forming pcs of a contingency plan. That’s what I see Joel Pineiro being. If they must make trades to get the offense thumping, this adds flexibility to do so.

    • phillyphreak - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Flexibility in that they’ll trade (who) and slot Pinero into the rotation?

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        That’s one way of looking at it. Or to fill a spot currently held by a traded away minor league pitcher. They’ll need depth to trade successfully. If need be.

      • phillyphreak - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        Ah ok. Gotcha now. Thanks.

  4. ame123 - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I’m sure the Red Sox would have loved to have a guy like Kendrick last season as their pitching staff gorged itself on chicken wings and beer.

  5. paperlions - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    It is hard to compare the Piniero and Kendrick situations. They are similar pitchers (ages aside), neither can strike anyone out, neither walks a lot of guys, Piniero typically has higher GB rates…..but, the Phillies options were to sign Kendrick, go to arbitration with him (in which case they very well have paid him more), try to trade him (he really doesn’t have much value, so this would have been a tough option to pursue), or just non-tender him…..teams just don’t give up useful players for free.

  6. powder29 - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Kendrick was arbitration eligible. It would have been stupid to non-tender him. After all, he is a useful, if limited, pitcher. So, they agreed upon a 1 year deal to avoid arbitration at a salary that was pretty much in line with most estimates of what his arbitration award would have been. Those criticizing the Kendrick deal simply don’t understand how the arbitration process works.

  7. nickynick04 - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Welcome to Coca Cola Park in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania…..where the Phillie’s AAA
    Lehigh Valley Ironpigs play…Beautifull Park,,,almost always sold out..
    for AAA ball that is awesome…
    GO PIGS !

  8. greymares - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    possibly insurance against Blantons health problems also.

  9. muckthefets23 - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Agreed on insurance for Blanton, I don’t trust his elbow and neither should Ruben. I’m not claiming to be the smartest bloke on the planet but this depth could help with Blanton’s uncertainty and if god forbid Vance Worley has the dreaded sophomore slump. All in all, good move.

    • jwbiii - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      If Pineiro’s shoulder is better than Blanton’s elbow, he’ll probably be a better pitcher. If not, well, it won’t cost them much to find out.

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