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Phils add depth with Pineiro signing

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In a move to add competition for the fifth starter, the Phils signed veteran right-hander Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract and an invitation to Spring Training.

It was first reported by Jayson Stark of ESPN.

Pineiro, 33, pitched the last two years with the Los Angeles Angels. Last season, he was 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA in 27 games (24 starts).

Pineiro can be a bull pen option. But despite the belief he was a fallback plan to Kerry Wood (signed with the Cubs), Stark believes he was night signed to pitch in the pen.

Pineiro had also pitched for the Mariners (most of his career), on Boston’s World Championship team in 2007 and the Cardinals prior to playing in LA.

In fact, Pineiro has made only two career starts at Citizens Bank Park, allowing no runs on nine hits and four walks in 12 1/3 innings pitched.

The Phillies front four in their rotation is set with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Vance Worley. Pineiro will compete with Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick (more likely to pitch in the bull pen) for the final spot.

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