It certainly wasn’t the Red Sox’ biggest bullpen move on Tuesday, but it was their first. Boston kicked off the deals on Deadline Day by sending Joel Pineiro to the Cardinals for a player to be named. The Sox also included cash toward Pineiro’s $4 million salary. Oct. 6 update: St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer and BA correspondent Derrick Goold reports that Boston will receive Double-A outfielder Sean Danielson to complete the deal at some point following the World Series.
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When Boston signed the 28-year-old righthander as a free agent in the offseason, he was the frontrunner to become the team’s closer. But Jonathan Papelbon returned to that role and Pineiro never found his groove in the bullpen after having spent most of his big league career as a starter. The Red Sox designated him for assignment after he went 1-1, 5.03 in 31 games, with a 20-14 K-BB ratio, .293 opponent average and three homers allowed in 34 innings. He had elbow and shoulder problems in his last years with the Mariners, and his fastball-slider combination has suffered. Pineiro’s contract includes an undisclosed club option for 2008. He has a career record of 59-56, 4.50 in 216 games (148 starts).
Danielson, 25, signed as a nondrafted free agent out of Texas-San Antonio in 2005. He hit .296/.371/.375 with four homers, 36 RBIs and 19 steals between high Class A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield this year. Just 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, he offers little offensive upside, but Danielson is capable defender and has some speed on the bases. He projects as an extra outfielder at best.
Pineiro may not have much left, but the Cardinals have the worst ERA (4.80) in the National League and can use all the help they can find. Pineiro worked as a starter after accepting a Triple-A assignment, and St. Louis may try to stretch him out to use in its beleaguered rotation.