Joel Pineiro is on the verge of signing a one-year deal of approximately $4M. The deal is dependent upon the right-hander passing a physical, hopefully one more stringent than the one given to Matt Clement. Pineiro will likely audition for the role of closer and could make the occasional spot start should injuries arise.
Pineiro made nine starts against the Red Sox as a Mariner. I actually got to attend one of his starts this past season; Seattle left Tim Wakefield with a complete game loss that game. This outing wasn’t representative of his season, however. He notched a 6.36 ERA in 2007, the worst of his career. It explains the low price tag, a rarity in this off-season.