Thursday, January 21, 2010

Risk/Reward of the Joel Pineiro Signing

2 years/$16 million:

The Angels reached an agreement with free agent right-hander Joel Pineiro on a two-year deal worth $16 million, two sources told SI.com on Wednesday night.

The move comes somewhat as a surprise, as earlier reports had the Mets and Dodgers as the front-runners for the Pineiro's services. But news of the Angels' interest heightened on Wednesday when Newsday reported the Angels were the veteran's top choice. Additionally, ESPN.com reported that the deal is pending a physical, which will be held Thursday. An Angels spokesperson, however, said the club "had nothing to announce at this time."

Pineiro, who went 15-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 32 starts with the Cardinals in 2009, will help solidify an Angels rotation that already has four quality starters in Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir, Joe Saunders and Ervin Santana.

With the addition of Pineiro, the Angels now have a strong starting rotation on paper, but this deal is risky from the Angels' perspective:

Risk
  • Was Pineiro's 2009 season a fluke?
  • Is Pineiro worth $8 million dollars a year?
  • How will he fare in the American League?
Reward
  • Only a two year commitment
  • Adds SP depth
  • Angels now have a very deep rotation
  • Very effective when he keeps the ball down in the zone
Conclusion: The bottom line is this: if Joel Pineiro comes close to matching his 2009 performance for the Angels, then this contract will work out swimmingly for the Angels. Pineiro was fantastic last season for the Cardinals and not only turned his career around, but he showed the baseball world what he could do with his sinker when he kept the ball down. However, there are a number of questions about Pineiro that makes this deal a risk for the Angels. Can he pitch in the AL? Was Pineiro's 2009 season a fluke? The Angels are certainly hoping that Pineiro's career has turned a corner and that the 2009 Pineiro is the guy that they signed.

1 comment:

roy said...

Congratulations to the Angels and boo to the Mets who blew another deal> I am wondering who manaya is working for. He makes one good deal a season, then falls apart. It looks like the Mets will duplicate 2009 in 2010. Maybe the Mets can package Castill and Perez and get a new water boy. These are the deals that this horrible GM makes and the Wilpons are no better. They sit back and rack in the money and return nothing to the New York Mets fans. How about selling the team and getting owners that care about this franchise and take your GM and Manager with you.