Former New Haven Raven Joel PiÃ±eiro is set to sign a 1 year deal with the Boston Red Sox. The deal is for 1 year with a guaranteed $4 million dollars plus incentives.
The signing of PiÃ±eiro gives the Red Sox 7 potential starters for next season (Schilling, Matsuzaka, Beckett, Wakefield, Papelbon and Lester). If I had to venture a guess, PiÃ±eiro will probably pitch out of the bullpen. Still though, $4 million dollars for a season is awfully high for a guy who will pitch in middle relief. I am sure PiÃ±eiro isn’t happy because his buddy, Gil Meche, signed a 5 yr, $55 million dollar deal. Difference being, Meche had a better season last year as PiÃ±eiro was 8-13 with a 6.36 ERA.
Maybe, just maybe PiÃ±eiro will emerge during spring training as a pitcher who’d be better off starting and the Sox could move Papelbon back to the bullpen.
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