Kudos to Amaro for signing Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. The 33 year old right hander has a lifetime 104-93 record over 12 MLB seasons with a 4.41 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in 1754.1 innings. 2011 was a disaster for him with the Angels, compiling a 5.13 ERA in 23 starts, but the 2 seasons prior to that with the Cardinals and Halos were solid efforts (25-19, 3.64/1.18, 366.1 IP). Over his career Pineiro has pitched for Seattle, Boston, St. Louis, and Los Angeles (Anaheim). He's an excellent insurance policy for 7th starting pitcher (Halladay-1, Lee- 2, Hamels- 3, Worley- 4, Blanton- 5, Kendrick- 6, and now Pineiro- 7).
This could also open the door to dealing Heavy B or KK. Blanton needs to prove he's healthy, but if he does so, I imagine a club would welcome his services if the Phils ate a portion of his salary and didn't demand much in return. Can you imagine Kendrick pitching for the Padres, Mariners, or Giants? He'd be a potential 15 game winner.
Interesting side note- Baseball-Reference.com has Pineiro's top 2 similar players over the span of his career as ex-Phillies Paul Byrd- #1 and Vincente Padilla- #2. Also, Kyle Lohse- #6 , Mark Portugal- #8, and Flint Rhem- #10 wore Philadelphia red pinstripes. So in a way, Pineiro is a familiar face.