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.