4/1 Cubs sign Pineiro to Minor League deal

The Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro to a Minor League contract, and he will go to Mesa, Ariz., for extended Spring Training, then was expected to report to Triple-A Iowa. Pineiro, 35, has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2011. He has pitched for the Mariners, Red Sox, Cardinals and Angeles, and had his best seasons with St. Louis and pitching coach Dave Duncan, compiling a 28-23 record and 4.14 ERA in 69 games over three seasons.

In January 2012, Pineiro signed a Minor League deal with the Phillies, but was released after pitching six innings in Spring Training. He then signed a Minor League contract with the Orioles in April 2012, but did not pitch for the Major League team, and eventually needed surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in July that year.

In February, Pineiro told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that he was not ready to retire.

“I have had 11 years in the big leagues, so I’m not complaining, but I’m not ready to shut it down,” he said. “I’m 35 and I told my wife this would be my last real push at it. I have four kids, my oldest is in middle school, but I still have the desire and love for the game.”

He pitched for Ponce this past winter in Puerto Rico, and was 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA over five outings.

— Carrie Muskat


Theo does love these M*A*S*H type of players.

No, he loves having organizational pitching depth. He’s signing Pineiro to throw down in AAA and stay there unless he’s needed at the Major League level, nothing more. If the Cubs don’t suffer injuries and they have five solid starters at the Major League level, then this might be the last the causal fan hears of Pineiro on the Cubs. And people who wonder why the Cubs don’t bring in veterans to teach the prospects how to play the game, well Pineiro is a veteran and he’ll be on the same team as a bunch of Cubs prospects, so you got your wish!

agreed …. no big deal really… just organizational depth… maybe long relief help down the road if pitching well. I would still put in Hendricks or Rusin before Pineiro at #5. I actually really interested to see Hendricks pitch and see what he can do.

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