Cubs sign former Cards pitcher Joel Pineiro to a minor league deal

Cubs sign former Cards pitcher Joel Pineiro to a minor league deal

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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  • Whats the upside to this? If the stars align, he can be a #4/5 starter for us the last half of the season?

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Pretty much. And that's the extreme upside.

  • arrietas injury is a lil more serious than they are letting on?

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    Could read it that way. I hope not.

  • Never hurts to have some insurance guys and low-risk fliers hanging about in the minor leagues.

    Another low/no risk signing, of a guy who has had previous success on some decent teams along the way. If the shoulder injury has come around, might even be good for a few innings in Wrigley, or as a trade add-on later in the season.

  • Do the Cubs still own a turd-polisher?

  • April fools!?!


  • I think you're on to something. This might be as much a "clubhouse presence" thing as it is a low risk signing.

  • Ho hum...haven't we been here before?

  • In reply to xhooper:

    Yes. Yes we have.

  • Want to comment on yesterday's game. This is my opinion and I know the saying applied to those. I thought Renteria called a good game. The only thing I would have done different is I would have squeezed Castro with Bonafacio at third. Gotta win games in March to give yourself a chance in July. The problem wasn't that Renteria had Lake bunt. It was that he didn't have Castro bunt too. It may not have worked out but I was really hoping to see a squeeze there yesterday.

  • In reply to Kodak11:

    maybe, but i am pretty sure Castro sucks at bunting

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    Who's covering Joel's shift at Chipotle?

  • In reply to Eric Foster:

    No one. He'll be right back. Let's just call it a long smoke break.

  • I remember Joel Pinero pitching for the Mariners. He was pitching against Sweet Lou's Devil Rays. And Sweet Lou made a bet that if his Devil Rays swept a series he'd die his hair blonde. The Rays did, so Lou did. And a Blonde Lou stood in the dugout at the Safe as Joel Pinero and the Mariners beat the tar out of his team.

    Ahh good times.

    Can't hurt, might help. This off day after opening day really blows…...

  • In reply to felzz:

    Ha! Ahh, Lou. Still kinda miss him.

    But agree, no harm here. If he can't pitch anymore, then he can't pitch. No loss.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    He definitely gave the Cubs the most personality they had had since Zimmer.

    Check him out!

  • I'm inclined to believe this is more to have an on-field coach/mentor than trying to actually get MLB production out of him.

  • In reply to Jim Weihofen:

    I think at worst you get that. Maybe they hope they caught something there, I don't know what they scouted, but have to figure if nothing else, he's a good guy to have around and one with a similar approach to their AAA arms Rusin/Hendricks/Jokisch/Beeler.

  • When first reported this appeared to be a flyer type of signing until I thought about who's available in AAA and realized the SP depth could be better. By the ASB Shark, CarVille, and Hammel could all be gone. The best options at Iowa right now are Rusin, Hendricks, and Beeler. There's a good chance Pinero would be used later this season if a selloff occurs.

  • In reply to Paulson:

    I was thinking post sell-off arm as well.

  • Beyond me why anyone would bash this move. Year after year we bring up sucks in the second half and I think it's time to start moving towards respectability rather than simply high draft picks.

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