Phillies Sign Piñeiro to Minor League Contract

Right-hander Joel Piñeiro has signed a minor league contract with the Phillies which includes an invitation to major league spring training, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

Piñeiro, 33, went 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA in 27 games (24 starts) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last year.  In 20 of those starts, he was 7-4 with a 3.84 ERA.  Piñeiro tied for the ninth-most ground-ball double-plays (23) among American League starting pitchers.

In 335 career major league games (263 starts), Piñeiro has gone 104-93 with a 4.41 ERA and 15 complete games for the Seattle Mariners (2000-06), Boston Red Sox (2007), St. Louis Cardinals (2007-09) and the Angels (2010-11).

Piñeiro is the 16th non-roster invitee to major league spring training for the Phillies.