The Red Sox and Joel Pineiro are close to agreeing to a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $4 million, ESPN.com reports.
Incentives could increase the total. We like the idea of Pineiro as a reliever, though Eric Gagne at $6 million guaranteed seems like a better investment than Pineiro at $4 million. For that kind of money, Pineiro will likely receive an opportunity to take over as Boston's closer. He had plenty of opportunities to start elsewhere, and it seems doubtful that he's passing them up in order to become a middle reliever.
Gagne's health scared off everyone, but I agree that taking a flier on Pineiro is simply a different type of risk. If they hit, this will be a great "we're smart" tab for the resume. If not, I guess it's just a couple mil.
Edit -- Forgot the ESPN link: http://sports.espn.g...tory?id=2718865
Edited by yecul, 04 January 2007 - 07:37 PM.