Former Cardinals RHP Pineiro signs with Baltimore; Lohse waits

Posted by Scott Wuerz on February 4, 2013 

A former Cardinals starting pitcher has been inked by the Orioles. 

And, no, it's not Kyle Lohse.

The former Browns have signed Joel Pineiro who missed all of the 2012 major league season as he tried to recover from a shoulder tear.

Pineiro, who was 15-12 with a 3.49 ERA for St. Louis in 2009, spent the next two seasons toiling for the Angels before he tore up his arm and was let go. Pineiro signed a minor league deal with the O's last season and ended up pitching 12 1/3 innings at Class AAA Norfolk. He struck out nine, walked none and allowed 10 hits to compile a 3.65 ERA. He also threw 12 innings in the rookie league.

While he wants to return to the major league level, it will be interesting to see if Pineiro's shoulder cooperates. 

Baltimore is said to be one of a handful of team including the Cardinals' National League Central Division rivals in Milwaukee interested in Lohse. But it still seems that no one is willing to pay Lohse a lot of money while giving up draft pick compensation for the right to do so.

If I was Lohse I believe I would be looking for a one-year deal and a chance to hit the market again next year. At least then, if he picks a place where he likes to play, he knows he can not make the same mistake twice and accept a tender offer. If he doesn't get a tender offer, then he won't be tied to a draft pick so he'd have a better chance to find a market value deal.

Lohse could have had $13.3 million in 2013 to pitch for St. Louis if he would have done so this year. Instead, it looks like he'll have a difficult time reaching that average annual value on any deal he gets. The catch, of course, is that a team might be even more reluctant to give away a draft pick for a short term rental than it would be to get a quality pitcher for three years.

 

 

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