Rumors: Yankees Met with Joel Pineiro’s Agent

In an article about the bare trade market, Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News listed a few pitchers that general manager Brian Cashman has met with this offseason and in it included a name we haven’t heard yet, Joel Pineiro.

Pineiro is 33 and is coming off of a two-year, $16 million deal with the Angels. He had a couple of very solid years from 2009-2010, but struggled through most of last season putting up a 5.13 ERA over 145.2 innings.

In his career he has had a 5.4 K/9, a 2.5 BB/9, and a GB% of 49.2. When he was pitching well in ’09 and ’10 his GB% increased to 60.5 and 54.9 percent respectively and his BB/9 dropped to 1.14 and 2.01 respectively as well. Last season those number both went back to right around his career norms and so did his ERA which could be a sign that may have gotten lucky those two seasons.

Cashman is merely talking with most free agent starting pitchers. Right now he probably isn’t overly interested, but that could change with the market. If he feels that the bigger name free agents are asking for too much he may turn to somebody like Pineiro as a cheaper option. At this point he seems like more of a longshot option.

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5 Responses to Rumors: Yankees Met with Joel Pineiro’s Agent

  1. John says:

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! HELL no! Pineiro is not worthy of wearing the Pinstripes…

    3 words – Javier Vaquez wannabe…doesn't trust his stuff and is not an upgrade over any of the farm talent in the Yankees system.

  2. joe schhmo says:

    NO ON PIENERO!!!!! PLEASE–bring back Freddy Garcia instead

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    Cashman is not to be trusted in evaluating talent. Doesn't matter what you sign him for, garbage isn't any better just because it's cheap. Remember Javier Vazquez (instead of Lowe), Pedro Feliciano (so many other options), Nick Johnson (when Damon was still available), Randy Wynn (no hit, 35 and showed every minute of it), A.J. Burnett, Sergio Mitre (Cashman's doing time in GM hell for bringing this guy back all the time), and I can go on all night long.
    The good moves? Martin, Sabathia, Swisher, but that's it. The dumpster diving he did last year with Garcia and Colon is actually embarassing when you think about it. $200 mil in payroll and you go with a 50 pounds overweight 39 year old who pulls a muscle running from the mound to 1B, a 35 year old junk baller who's got to be babied to make it through the season, a rookie (who does great, but you send to AAA anyway), a headcase, and an underachiever who was the top prospect 3 years ago. This is the best rotation you can assemble with a $200 mil payroll? Are you serious? If Cashman signs Pineiro without trading Burnett he should be fired.

  4. shavager says:

    I have to agree with Tanned Tom, this guy's not worth a big contract–maybe a bargain basement price but why waste dollars available instead of a better choice? I say give Burnett till trading deadline to see what turnaround he's made can last, Yanks are stuck with the contract anyway. Time to look past Garcia, he and Colon don't have enough left for a contending team. It's time to promote some young talent or pickup a young FA with more than just a year or two left of prime, recycling wore out starters ain't working out.

  5. Billy Martin says:

    BIG MISTAKE!