Philadelphia Phillies Release Right-Handed Pitcher Joel Pineiro

By Cody Swartz

Add Joel Pineiro to the list of former starting pitchers the Philadelphia Phillies brought in and have now released. Dontrelle Willis was let go last week, and now the team has let go of Pineiro.

Pineiro is a former starter who signed a one-year deal with the Phillies. The deal was just a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. Pineiro was 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011, pitching 145.2 innings. He is 104-93 career with a 4.41 ERA for four major league teams.

Pineiro made $8 million in each of the last two seasons from the Angels and would have earned $1.5 million from the Phillies had he made the 25-man Opening Day roster. Pineiro is still just 32 years old, and he will likely latch on somewhere else for at least a minor league deal.

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