The Orioles have signed 33-year-old right-hander Joel Pineiro to a minor league deal. He reported today to the club’s extended spring complex in Sarasota, Fla., where he will work out with club trainers until he is ready to pitch in games – likely beginning at Triple-A Norfolk.
Pineiro, who was 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA in 27 games (24 starts) with the Los Angeles Angels last year, was released by the Philadelphia Phillies in March after allowing seven hits and five runs (three earned) in six Grapefruit League innings.
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Pineiro was signed to give the Orioles an option as a long reliever. The club is without a true long man, partially because it lost right-hander Alfredo Simon on waivers to the Cincinnati Reds earlier this month.
“We lost Simon, he was the candidate to be the right-handed long guy,” Duquette said. “And so we needed a long man.”
In a 12-season career, Pineiro is 104-93 with a 4.41 ERA in 335 games. He is 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 34 big league games.