I'm starving for baseball, so minor news will do for now.
The Cubs have reportedly signed former Mariners and Cardinals pitcher Joel Pineiro. Pineiro, 35, has had a solid career, winning 104 games before shoulder injuries derailed him the past couple of seasons. Most recently he has pitched in the Orioles system (2012), but only threw 24.1 innings. In his last full season in 2011, he went 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA.
When healthy, Pineiro is more of a pitch to contact type who throws strikes, limiting hard contact and relying on his defense to make plays. His best season was in 2009 with the Cardinals when he went 15-12 with a 3.49 ERA (3.21 FIP) and walked a microscopic 1.14 batters per 9 IP.
I don't know if he is going to make it back to the majors, but it's a no risk flyer at this point-- and having him in the same clubhouse with the strike-throwing Kyle Hendricks can't hurt either.
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