Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 1/15/12


According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Phillies have signed right-hander Joel Piñeiro to a minor-league deal. The deal is reportedly included with an invite to spring training. The 33 year-old is a 12-year veteran is who has played for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and most recently, the Los Angeles Angels.

Over Piñeiro's 12 year career, he has racked up a career record of 104-93. Along with a career 4.41 ERA, he also holds a career WHIP of 1.348. Last season, Piñeiro started 24 games for the Angels going 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA in 145.2 innings pitched. Although he spent time on the DL for shoulder tightness in 2011, Piñeiro is still a solid pick up for the Phillies. 

Excerpt from Stark's column. 

The Phillies have been looking for starting pitching depth behind their projected rotation of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and Vance Worley. Blanton was limited to eight starts and three relief appearances, totaling 41 1/3 innings, last season because of elbow tightness.


With Piñerio's signing, it does not guarentee him a spot on the big league roster, but it does set in a question on the status of the fifth man in the Phillies' starting rotation. With Vance Worley's outstanding season last year and Kyle Kendrick's recent contract, the Phillies could be adding Piñeiro for bullpen help, or may be adding depth to their rotation. 

Erik Seybold is a writer for Buzz On Broad. You can follow him on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI.

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