The Angels signed their old pal Joel Pineiro to a minor-league contract.
Pineiro, 35, was released by the Chicago Cubs while attempting a comeback to the big leagues. In four starts with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies, a Cubs affiliate, Pineiro posted a 4.43 ERA, a 4.0 K/9, and a 1.6 BB/9 in 22 1/3 innings.
Throughout his career, Pineiro has been a serviceable back end of the rotation pitcher. He is well travelled, pitching for the Mariners, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Angels. He last appeared in the Majors in 2011, with the Angels.
That season, Pineiro was 7-7, with a 5.13 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 145 2/3 innings. In two total seasons ('10 and '11) with the Angels, Pineiro was 17-14, with a 4.47 ERA and a 1.372 WHIP in 298 innings.
This motivation behind this move is likely to replace to Wade LeBlanc, who was recently claimed by the New York Yankees. Pineiro will be in the Halos' Triple-A rotation, and can serve as an emergency spot starter to go with Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago.
This move adds to a large number of depth moves the Angels have made since the offseason to create organizational depth.
Pineiro will start tonight for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.
Angels Insider News:
- Perhaps in corresponding moves to the Pineiro deal, the Angels have outrighted pitchers Michael Brady, Jarrett Grube and Brooks Raley. After a strong 2013 season in the Marlins organization, the 27-year-old Brady struggled in the minors in 2014, posting a 7.18 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9. Grube, 32, made his big-league debut for the Angels last week, after posting a 3.52 ERA in 61 1/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake with 7.5 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9. Raley, 25, was claimed by the Angels (from the Twins) last month. He then struggled for Salt Lake, where he allowed 26 runs in 21 innings.
- These moves indicate other 40-man roster transactions are on the horizon.
- The Angels will honor Albert Pujols for his 500th career homerun before tonight's game against the Chicago White Sox, at the Big A.
- Sean Burnett had his second Tommy John Surgery yesterday by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Burnett's first surgery. Burnett will begin a long rehab process, and likely won't pitch again until 2016.
- Ian Stewart received cortisone shots in his left thumb, where he suffered a contusion. He has been on the disabled list since May 12.
- 17 of the first 31 picks by the Angels in the 2014 Draft are pitchers.
- The Angels 4-7 in since winning 12 of 17. However, they still have a half game lead in the first Wild Card spot.
- More on the Angels' draft picks will be featured in an upcoming article.
- Follow the Angels on the 2014 MLB Draft Tracker.