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Phillies release veteran starter Joel Pineiro

Mar 19, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

Joel Pineiro AP

Philadelphia signed Joel Pineiro to a minor-league contract in January, but a three-week look at the veteran right-hander was all they needed to determine he wasn’t worth keeping around.

Today they released Pineiro, who made $8 million from the Angels in each of the past two seasons and would have gotten $1.5 million from the Phillies had he cracked the Opening Day roster.

Pineiro had the ability to opt out of the minor-league deal and become a free agent again if he wasn’t added to the 40-man roster by March 31, so the Phillies are basically just giving him a little extra time to latch on elsewhere.

He posted an ugly 5.13 ERA in 146 innings last season, managing just 3.8 strikeouts per nine innings, but Pineiro did have a 3.64 ERA in 366 innings between 2009 and 2010. At age 32 there’s a decent chance he makes it back to the majors, but the Phillies aren’t exactly hurting for rotation depth.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    How long before the Red Sox are linked to Pineiro? After all they have been linked to every other conceivable pitcher looking for work this pre-season.

    • pisano - Mar 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      My friend, as soon as I saw the post I thought of the Red Sox, I’ll bet they take a shot at him, hell he’s better than Lacking and he’s sober to boot.

  2. jwbiii - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    This was an odd contract. Under the new CBA, a veteran coming off a major league contract who signed a minor league contract gets a $100K bonus if not on the major league roster by March 30 and a June 1 opt out. So Pineiro could cash that check on March 30 and say “See ya!” on March 31.

    Here is Ball America’s list of effected players from a week ago:

    Add Andy Pettitte (NYY) and Xavier Nady (WsN).

    • jwbiii - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Remove Andy Pettitte. Matt Eddy at Baseball America has changed his story.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    What ever happened to Kelvim Escobar?

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