The Boston Globe and ESPN are reporting that the Red Sox have signed right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro. It is being reported that the deal is for one year and almost four million dollars. Pineiro was dreadful last year, posting an e.r.a. just south of seven in the forty games he appeared in. the move does bolster the Red Sox bullpen though, and gives them depth at the long-reliever role, or a spot starter.
Last year with the Mariners, Pineiro had his worst season in the Majors, with an e.r.a. of 6.36, almost 2 full runs over his lifetime e.r.a. of 4.38. Pineiro appeared in forty games last season and pitched 165.2 innings, allowing 117 earned runs, also he was tagged for 209 hits, with 87 strikeouts, and 64 base on balls. The Mariners did not offer salary arbitration to Pineiro this off-season.
It looks as though Red sox brass have signed Pineiro because he so durable, and can give them alot of innings out of the pen. My only question is, did you have to give a guy the Mariners did not want a four million pay day? Either way for better or worse, he is Red Sox now. Hey I wonder if he can close?