March 4, 2012; Tampa Bay, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Joel Pineiro (39) against the New York Yankees during spring training game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Pineiro looks to come back


While some free agent pitchers look for big league contracts, some would be content with a minor league deal to try and work their way back.

That’s the case for right-handed starter Joel Pineiro. In an insider-only column for ESPN, Doug Mittler speculates that Pineiro has looked decent in winter league ball and could use that to get a minor league deal somewhere with the opportunity to work his way onto a Major League roster. The 35-year old, who last pitched in 2011, is inspired by the success of others who have played winter ball.

A lot of players like Scott Kazmir or Marlon Byrd have a good winter ball experience and Caribbean Series and all of a sudden, they get a second chance.

Over 12 years in the Major Leagues, Pineiro holds a 4.41 ERA over 335 games and 1754.1 innings. In the winter league, he is pitching for Ponce and has gone 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA over five starts.

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