Phillies Release Joel Pineiro

The Phillies announced that they released right-hander Joel Pineiro. The Wasserman Media Group client signed a minor league deal with the Phillies in January and would have earned $1.5MM on the MLB roster.

Pineiro started 24 games for the Angels in 2011, posting a 5.13 ERA with 3.8 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 145 2/3 innings. There wasn't room for the 33-year-old on the Phillies' staff, however. As a veteran player who had a Major League deal in 2011, Pineiro would have obtained $100K if the Phillies had assigned him to the minor leagues.


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33 Comments on "Phillies Release Joel Pineiro"


MNTwins12
3 years 4 months ago

Not really that much of a surprise.

3 years 4 months ago

Seriously? How did he drop off so quickly?  Padres should check in with his agent. That’s who I originally thought would be a good match because of Petco and rebuilding his value.

Sampsonite168
3 years 4 months ago

He’s been a scrub for most of his career. Dave Duncan was only briefly able to turn him into a serviceable pitcher. He’s just reverting back to his usual self.

3 years 4 months ago

 His 08 season (as a Cardinal) was very similar to last year. He was solid in 2010 with LAA. He hasn’t pitched that bad in Spring either, from what I understand.

ellisburks
3 years 4 months ago

He had 2 1/2 well above average years in Seattle too. Granted those were 10 years ago, but still he wasn’t a scrub for all of his career. :)

3 years 4 months ago

St. Louis bound – again? 

stl_cards16
3 years 4 months ago

Maybe Memphis bound……..

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 4 months ago

I have a strange feeling about him ending up back in Boston.

Steven
3 years 4 months ago

Maybe a cheaper serviceable option if roy does not work out 

3 years 4 months ago

Someone will pick him up, no doubt about it.

nm344
3 years 4 months ago

He didn’t pitch poorly, should catch on somewhere. 

nm344
3 years 4 months ago

You mean the Joe Blanton that helped them win the WS in 2008?

diesel2410
3 years 4 months ago

What?

jesse heiman
3 years 4 months ago

Billy beane kind of player

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 4 months ago

Boston been known for “looking into”, “checking on”, “watching” and “got their radar on” various pitchers this off season and spring training.  I wonder what catchy phase or word of the day will describe what they will be doing when it comes to Pineiro?  How about “gotta have”?

3 years 4 months ago

 If they were smart it would be “ignore”.

diesel2410
3 years 4 months ago

The Red Sox will try to pick him up

3 years 4 months ago

He would be an interesting pickup. for alot of teams. Hes definetly been an innings eater and would make a nice #5 starter. I would say the jays could have limited interest in him. However not to sure he is any better then what they have now in mcgowan. and with endless talent on the rise in toronto. it may just be that the jays are only interested in stud pitchers at this point.

ellisburks
3 years 4 months ago

Innings eaters have more than 2 – 200 inning seasons in a 12-year career.

ColonelTom
3 years 4 months ago

They’re clearing out any veteran minor-league pay commitments for a little more payroll wiggle room, since they obviously need to go shopping for an Utley replacement. They needed to get a legitimate starting 2B/3B option before they were desperate, though. Now it’s going to cost them dearly.

captainkid
3 years 4 months ago

Bucs gotta be looking into him if McDonald has another lousy start.

formerdraftpick
3 years 4 months ago

If the Bucs signed him, I would only feel comfortable with a minor league contract.  I wouldn’t want to risk a prospect over signing a declining player. 

captainkid
3 years 4 months ago

Agreed. A flyer on Piniero at this point would be fairly low risk and logical. It gives the team some added depth should Morton not be fully healthy and McDonald not harness his control (which, based on Hurdle’s recent comments, he’s been less than thrilled at what he’s seen).

Rumor had it that the Bucs were also looking for more pitching last week.

Eduardo Medina
3 years 4 months ago

If he can bunt, that´s your guy

Lastings
3 years 4 months ago

At this point, I think he may actually be an upgrade over Mike Pelfrey…

Damon Bowman
3 years 4 months ago

That tells me the Phillies won’t be shopping Blanton as bait for a replacement at 2B.  If Piniero was half decent they could have buried him as the 5th starter after Worley and moved Blanton for payroll space and a spot for a backup at 2B who could be starting on Opening Day.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 4 months ago

If they trade Blanton, Kendrick would be the #5 starter.

Damon Bowman
3 years 4 months ago

I think even if they move Blanton, they would have tried Piniero as a starter because of his history.  Since arriving in St. Louis in 2007, Piniero started in 115 of his 119 appearances.  Kendrick would have kept his swing man role if Piniero had anything left in the tank.  Now with Piniero gone it doesn’t matter.

Hugo Santana
3 years 4 months ago

He had 2 solid seasons from 2009 to 2010… I would pick him up, specially if he would be willing to sign a minor league contract

Blue387
3 years 4 months ago

I liked Pineiro in 2010. I think the Mets should offer him a major league deal similar to the deal Alderson offered Chris Capuano last season, something around two million dollars with incentives. Omar was interested in Pineiro as a free agent but he signed with the Angels instead. And he would probably pitch better than Mike Pelfrey.

3 years 4 months ago

please sign with the mets…a cheap pitcher to fill a spot in our rotation

ellisburks
3 years 4 months ago

And what are the Cubs blaming their 105-year drought on?

3 years 4 months ago

It is weird, or is it it is not?