Thomas returns to the Pirates on a minor league deal.
According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed left handed reliever Justin Thomas to a minor league deal, with an invite to Spring Training. Thomas was outrighted from the 40-man roster last week, and was eligible for free agency since it was the second time he had been outrighted off the 40-man roster.
Thomas was acquired off of waivers on October 29th last year from the Seattle Mariners. He made 12 appearances with the Pirates in 2010, with a 6.23 ERA in 13 innings, along with a 3.5 K/9, a 3.5 BB/9, and a 2.1 HR/9. His minor league numbers were much better, with a 2.48 ERA in 54.1 innings in Indianapolis, along with an 8.4 K/9, a 1.7 BB/9, and a 0.7 HR/9. Thomas, who turns 27 in January, isn't likely to be more than emergency bullpen depth, much like he was in 2010....
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