The Herald's Jeff Horrigan writes that Pineiro "will most likely replace Jonathan Papelbon as closer". The incentives in his one-year deal ($4 million) certainly paint him as a front-runner for the spot. In addition to the salary, there are
performance incentives that could increase the value by $2 million. ... If Pineiro finishes 35 games in 2007, he will trigger an undisclosed option year on the deal for 2008.Maybe the plan is simply to have a closer whose initials are JP. ... It worked last season.