Joel Pineiro and New York Mets Discussing Two-Year, $15 Million Contract

Jeff SpencerContributor IJanuary 12, 2010

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 10: Starting pitcher Joel Pineiro #35 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Busch Stadium on October 10, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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According to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse, the Mets are having in-depth talks with right-hander Joel Pineiro about a contract that is worth around two years and $15 million.

Pineiro reportedly received a very similar offer from the Washington Nationals earlier this offseason, but he may be leaning toward signing with a contender like the Mets.

Last year the 31-year-old right-hander was 15-12 with an ERA of 3.49 in 32 starts. Pineiro also had a ground ball rate of 60.2 percent, which led the major leagues.

I really hope Omar is looking closely at Pineiro, especially his ground ball rate, which will only help him at Citi Field. The Mets could really use another arm in the starting rotation, and there are few healthy options left out there.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are also engaged with Pineiro, but it is not known what length of contract is being discussed.

We shall see where this latest development takes us.