BOSTON -- In a move that would mainly help from a depth standpoint, the Red Sox are reportedly on the verge of signing free agent right-hander Joel Pineiro to a one-year deal worth roughly $4 million.
ESPN.com was the first to report the news, saying that the deal will become complete as soon as Pineiro passes a physical.
The Red Sox had no comment.
A starter for most of his career, Pineiro would likely do the bulk of his work for the Red Sox out of the bullpen. The Sox already have a five-man rotation of Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jonathan Papelbon and Tim Wakefield.
And left-hander Jon Lester, recently declared cancer-free, is also expected to make his return to the rotation at a time yet to be determined. There is also Matt Clement, who underwent surgery on his rotator cuff and labrum in September and could factor into the mix at some point.
Of Pineiro's 185 career appearances, 148 of them have been starts.
He has spent his entire career, which started in 2000, with the Seattle Mariners. The 28-year-old Pineiro is coming off perhaps his worst season, as he went 8-13 with a 6.36 ERA in 40 appearances.
The pitcher displayed his upside in 2003, going 16-11 with a 3.78 ERA.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.