Phillies Sign Joel Pineiro

The Phillies officially signed Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract with a spring training invite today.  Pineiro is represented by Wasserman Media Group.

Pineiro, 33, pitched to a 5.13 ERA with just 3.8 K/9 in 145 2/3 innings for Angels last year while battling shoulder tightness. After earning his two-year, $16MM deal from the Halos thanks to a 60.5% ground ball rate and 1.14 BB/9 with the Cardinals in 2009, those rates fell to a still solid 48.3% and 2.35 BB/9 in 2011. Pineiro will give the team some back of the rotation protection behind Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Vance Worley and Joe Blanton figure to round out the starting staff, though the latter was limited to just 41 1/3 innings last year due to elbow problems.

ESPN's Jayson Stark first reported the agreement on Sunday.

54 Responses to Phillies Sign Joel Pineiro Leave a Reply

  1. James Attwood 4 years ago

    Bugger, he was on my short list of pitchers that I was hoping the Dbacks would make a run at.

  2. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago


  3. Rusty_Arcadia 4 years ago

    Nice pick up to add some depth, but he was the weak link in the Angels rotation last year. Good move to get him on a minor league deal.

    • PushDown 4 years ago

      I agree, his first year with the Halos wasn’t that bad, but I think he’s all but done as a legit big league starter. At least without Dave Duncan.

      On a separate note, Arcadia? As in Arcadia, CA?! Me too, bro! LOL

  4. Guest 4 years ago

    ohh, daddy like.

  5. nm344 4 years ago

    Love the move. Anytime you can stash away a proven player on a minor-league deal, its a big win.

  6. Melvin McMurf 4 years ago

    he will never pitch in the majors again

  7. LUWahooNatFan 4 years ago

    Maybe this will be the boost the Phillies need to get past the first round of the playoffs

  8. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    The Twins passed on him, and that’s saying something. I’m surprised that Jon Garland or Jeff Francis havn’t been picked up for a potential 5th spot yet.

  9. wow thats a bad move hes on his way out. if he can get his command back hes good but i dont think thats going to happen

    • nm344 4 years ago

      How will the Phillies AAA team survive that?

    • Dylan 4 years ago

      How are minor league contracts ever bad? Name one bad
      Minor league contract.

  10. Sampsonite168 4 years ago

    As a Mets fan, I love this move. Career scrub who only Dave Duncan was briefly able to make into a servicable pitcher.

    • He’d be a #2 on the Mets

      • Sampsonite168 4 years ago

        Mets certainly suck and will suck for the forseeable future, but you’re really underestimating just how scrubby Pineiro is. I’d want Tim Redding back over him.

    • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

      as a mets fan you will be enjoying last place in the nl east the next few years too 

      • Joveoak 4 years ago

        Only if everyone else in the NL East gets their stuff together.

        Pineiro would probably be a #4 or a #5 for the Mets, imho:  They don’t need #4 or #5 (as they have some already in their rotation).

        I’m surprised that the Mets didn’t sign him for a minor contract.  Then again, if he manages to go north with Philadelphia, it’s probably for batting practice for the opposing team.

        Doesn’t matter if it’s the Mets, Nats, Braves, Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers, or Astros:  batting practice.

        • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

          what are you on , everybody in the nl east has their stuff together except the mets , they could easily lose a 100 the next few years , they are not good 

          • Joveoak 4 years ago

            I’m not denying the Mets are bad.  I’m only stating that the Mets are not the only team with issues:  The Phillies and their aging lineup, the Braves and their young but overtaxed pitchers, the Marlins and their emotional players; the Nats and some of their players not living up to the hype.

          • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

            you are delusional , the mets will need a miracle to be anything but last place the next few years

          • Joveoak 4 years ago

            Have you actually read my entire post?  Either you are on something or you didn’t get my post.

          • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

            i pretty sure you said all of those other teams in nl east need to get their stuff together or the mets an their talentless mlb team will finish in front of the them. and then you came up with some bad examples of why the other teams in the nl east might not be that good. is that about it?

          • metsman 4 years ago

             I admit next year is going to be a rough, but our payroll just dropped almost 50 mil, we have one proven star left, and some pretty good prospects in the high minors.  Don’t count on the team being down and out for very long.  If you think the sport is so predictable, how do you even enjoy it anyway? Besides mike Stanton, I’d take our young position players over any others in the division.

          • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

            even the gnats with, harper , zimmerman, strausberg,   and id take logan morrison over any of mets prospects as well, and i doubt the mets will be down that long but the next few years id bank on it , you guys are rebuilding and its kinda predictable to lose while rebuilding its not all obvious. just somethings are painfully so

          • metsman 4 years ago

            I should specify; I meant young players already in the major leagues.  I’d take Ike Davis over Morrison or Freeman, and I think Duda is the best young outfielder (outside Stanton), and I’m one of the few people who think Ruben Tejada is a future star…as to rebuilding (and I apologize, this is not a Mets post, and I hate to hijack but…) something has to give, the Mets will not continue to have a sub 100 mil payroll, not in this market, one way or another. Either the
            Wil-cons get their sh-t together, or the Madoff lawsuit puts the last nail in their coffin. 

          • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

            oh ike davis , almost forgot about him after he didnt play much last year with an injury but does have a bright future, duda over morrison we will have to disagree and i think we will just have to wait and see, no doubt the mets will be back , i never said they wouldnt however i dont think it will be next year or the year after

          • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

            There’s holes in EVERY SINGLE MLB TEAM. The Red Sox don’t have starting pitching depth, the Yankees also have an aging line up, Texas doesn’t have a #1 starting pitcher, etc.

            If you look around the league, you can find something wrong with everybody. The NL East is the 2nd best, possibly the best, division in baseball.

            I could find something wrong with every team in baseball. Until somebody goes 173-0, that will always be the case.

          • What’s wrong with the Mets????

          • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

            i think you meant whats not wrong 

          • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

            The answer is in the question.

          • phillies206 4 years ago

            3 aces topps 25 mets everytime

          • phillies206 4 years ago

            3 aces topps 25 mets everytime

    • greggofboken 4 years ago

      As a Mets fan, I absolutely hate this.  With Santana an unknown quantity and Gee a likely candidate to be hammered now that the league’s seen him, we have a dire need for affordable starting pitching depth of just this sort, which we do not have — save for Miguel Batista.  To find that Pineiro could have been had for minor league money is a loss.  Good move for the Phils — and as far as I’m concerned, an oversight by Alderson.

      • pyromantic 4 years ago

        You have to think the Phils being WS contenders probably played a roll in him signing a minor league deal.  It’s very possible that he would not have been willing to sign with the Mets on the same terms.

        I’m a Phils fan and I love the signing.  If he never pitches for the big club it’s no worries for the Phils.  Sign as many guys with upside to minor league deals as you can.  Someone may end up heling in a time of need.

  11. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    Very good signing. Good minor league depth, and who knows, maybe he can come up and win a ballgame or two if there’s an injury. Ruben remembers how this guy used to dominate his line up.

  12. If it wasn’t for Dave Duncan, his career would have ended 3-4 years ago….

  13. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    Now @Phillies_Aces35:disqus can revert his username to Four_Aces35 again! =P

  14. I liked Pineiro on that one ESPN trivia show that got cancelled.

  15. Bob 4 years ago

     any potential for Kyle Kendrick to lose innings is not a good thing for the nl east.

  16. nm344 4 years ago

    Blanton has the job unless he shows that he’s still not fully healthy.

  17. roberty 4 years ago

    Good for the Braves, who Kendrick has held to a .240/.309/.352 line in 15 appearances.  He is 6-1 against the Braves, with a 2.53 ERA.

  18. Dylan 4 years ago

    Yeah, that 3.14 ERA as a starter last year really hampered the Phillies. Hate to tell you, but Kyle is a very valuable pitcher to any ball club. He’s a nice 4/5 pitcher, a long reliever, or spot starter. He is a utility pitcher.

  19. soundpilot 4 years ago

    Hahaha, nice try Jeremy.

  20. ellisburks 4 years ago

    Wow, I can’t believe he was demoted from Captain.

  21. Dylan 4 years ago

    Yeah, that 12,000 per month prevented them from doing other moves last year.

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