Cubs Reportedly Scout and Show Interest in RHP Joel Pineiro

According to a report from Puerto Rico, the Cubs were one of a handful of teams to recently watch RHP Joel Pineiro pitch for Leones de Ponce at the Roberto Clemente Stadium in his third start of the winter.

Joel Pineiro underwent surgery on his right shoulder in June of 2012 and has not pitched in the majors since 2011. The report points to Pineiro possibly signing a minor league contract with a Major League team that includes a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training if he is able to show he is healthy this winter.

The Cubs’ front office sent Carmelo Martinez to watch Pineiro pitch and he indicated the Cubs could be interested in Pineiro as a starter but signing with the Cubs would depend on the other offers Pineiro receives this winter.

Joel Pineiro is 1-0 in three games this winter with a 2.57 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP (four runs on 10 hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in 14 innings). According to the report, Pineiro was throwing in the 84-86 mph range in his last outing after reaching 88 mph with his fastball in his previous start.

The 35-year old veteran right hander went 7-7 in 27 appearances, 24 starts for the Angels in 2011 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Pineiro pitched in five games in the Orioles system in 2012 before undergoing shoulder surgery.

Dave Duncan turned around Pineiro’s career over the two-plus seasons he spent in St. Louis. Pineiro went 28-23 with 69 games, 68 starts, for the Cardinals in 2007-2009 with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Theo Epstein signed Pineiro as a free agent in January of 2007 then flipped him to St. Louis at the deadline for minor league outfielder Sean Danielson and cash. Pineiro went 1-1 in 31 relief appearances for the eventual World Series Champs with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.

The Royals and Tigers were also on hand to watch Pineiro pitch.

Joel Pineiro told the Puerto Rican newspaper that he feels good and “the most important thing is that the arm is healthy.”

As the report indicates, any team that signs Joel Pineiro would likely add him to their organization on a minor league contract with an invite to big league camp.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    This just in: Shin-Soo Choo’s stats for 2014.

    Hello baseball fans. I know many of you are rotisserie players, and are anxious to see the
    stats that Mr. Shin Soo Choo is going to put up in Texas. Be anxious no longer! I am going to
    now post his 2014 final stat line. Please have a seat, and reach for your Pepto-Bismol….

    Mr. Soo Choo is going to feel the pressure of that $130 million dollar deal. Yes folks, he knows in his heart
    of hearts that his isn’t worth anywhere near that kind of money, so he’s going to put extra pressure upon himself
    to live up to that deal. Unfortunately, that never works. And Mr. Soo Choo is going to have the worst year of his career.

    You may be shocked to learn that the player most like Mr. Soo Choo in MLB history, at age 30, is none other
    than Bernard Gilkey. Let’s check the stats on Mr. Gilkey:
    Mr. Gilkey got hurt at age 31, and he never was the same. He was completely out of baseball after his age 34 season. If fact, ages 32-34 he was just a parttime player.

    But enough with Bernard Gilkey! The #3 player Mr Shoo Choo is like is none other than….drum roll, please!…Mr. Milton Bradley. Yes folks, you all know how that FA contract worked out for Mr. Bradley.

    Now let’s consider Mr. Shoo Choo’s Highlights of 2014:
    1. Not one, but Two–Two trips to the DL.
    2. A fall off in production….
    2013=712 PA…..2014=565 PA
    2013=112 BB…..2014=70 BB
    2013=569 AB,,,,,2014=494 AB
    2013=.285 BA….2014=.234 BA
    2013=21 HR…….2014=13 HR
    2013=20 SB/11 CS…2014=11 SB/17 CS
    2013=.423 OBP….2014=.323

    There you have it, folks. Mr. Shoo Choo’s 2014 stat line.
    Line up now to add him to your roster.

    • Sonate

      Although I don’t think he’ll tank that badly, I agree with your forecast that there will be a major decline in his production from last year. The $130 million is a gross overpay. (And I read that he turned down $140 million from the Yanks!) He will be only slightly above average (if that) over the rest of his career. Did MLB get such a major infusion of revenue that teams can spend this intemperately?

  • Chicago Cubs Rumors

    Thanks Neil for the s/o on twitter. You’re doing a great job.

    • Neil

      You’re more than welcome and thank you.

  • BosephHeyden

    It’s a little bit sad that, at this point in time, the Cubs having interest in anyone is pretty much just them saying “Yeah, we’ll sign this guy…so long as we’re the only ones interested.”

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