Joel Pineiro Signs with Angels
Another target of Omar Minaya has chosen greener pastures — starting pitcher Joel Pineiro has signed with the Angels for two years, $16M.
Personally, I’m indifferent, since I see Pineiro at that price tag and leaving Dave Duncan to be a gamble. He might continue his effectiveness outside of St. Louis, but $16M is a lot of dough. If the Mets are going to roll the dice with big money, I’d much prefer they put it on Ben Sheets — who is the only free agent pitcher available with the potential to adversely impact the Mets’ chances to smell the postseason.
From the perspective of Omar Minaya, this is another disappointing development. Forget for a moment about whether you were on board with the Omar’s plans to sign Bengie Molina and Joel Pineiro. Instead, focus on the fact that Minaya put both of those men very high on his list, spent most of the offseason working on deals for them — and in the process, turning away from other candidates — and now has nothing to show for the efforts. Not only has Minaya lost out on two of his top targets, but the alternatives have signed elsewhere, leaving the Mets with their pants down and scrambling for a Plan B that doesn’t exist.
Speaking of other candidates, Doug Davis signed a one-year, $5.25M deal with the Brewers. Davis is no ace, but he’s a fairly reliable back-end starter who will eat up 180 – 200 innings. The Mets can really use someone like that — a guy who is nearly a lock to take the ball 33 times and give 6+ innings every start. Yes, they can use a #2 as well, but sometimes you have to take what you can get.