AP source: Phillies agree to deal with Pineiro

BY foxsports • January 16, 2012

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent pitcher Joel Pineiro have agreed to a minor league contract.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement hasn't been announced, said the deal includes an invitation to major league camp for spring training. ESPN.com first reported the move Sunday.

Pineiro spent the last two years with the Los Angeles Angels, going 17-14. He was 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA last season and missed time because of a shoulder injury.

The 33-year-old right-hander is 104-93 with a 4.41 ERA in 12 seasons for Seattle, Boston, St. Louis and the Angels. Pineiro has had four double-digit win seasons, including 16 victories in 2003 and 15 in 2009.

Pineiro gives the Phillies depth behind Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Vance Worley and Joe Blanton in the starting rotation. Kyle Kendrick also can fill in as a starter.

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