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Sunday, December 4th, 2016

CARDS RE-SIGN PINEIRO

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Hey, nothing like a few good August and September starts to get the front office all abuzz. Joel Pineiro did just that in 2007 and has now turned it into a 2-year-$13 million deal.

I must insert the old standby line right here: And they were bidding against who?

Pineiro is one of the great teases in the last decade or so. He came out with a bang in 2001. His best years were in ’02 & ’03. And it’s been all downhill since…until he was acquired by the Cards. He made 11 starts for the Cards and certainly pitched well, although 11 homers allowed in just over 60 innings is cause for concern. But considering his horrendous 2004-2006 seasons, is that the guy you throw a mutli-year deal at? For that much?

“We base it really off of not only what we saw — we believe his velocity is back up to what it once was — [but also] it just seems like he’s in a great state of mind and healthy and ready to contribute,” said interim general manager John Mozeliak.

Maybe it’s the price of doing business. After all, Marquis got one more year from the Cubs.

  • http://www.timellsworth.com Tim

    I’m scratching my head at this one, too. I’d have preferred a one-year deal with an option that kicks in if certain incentives are met. But hey, Jeff Weaver made $8 million last year, so what do I know?

  • dhaab

    Yeah, I think this deal is almost standard for back of the rotation veteran pitchers nowadays…as ridiculous as that may seem to us folks in the real world. I’m definitely not sold that Pineiro is suddenly a solid pitcher again, but he did show me that he’s regained something in his arm while he pitched for St. Louis in the last 6 weeks of the season. Add Dave Duncan to the mix and us Cards fans may see a 10 or 12 win season out of him. And like Tim said, if Weaver or Marquis can get that kind of money now, any starting pitcher can.

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