The Pirates added Fields to a minor league contract.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with infielder Josh Fields on a minor league contract, with an invite to Spring Training. Fields, who turned 28 last week, is a former top third base prospect, ranking in Baseball America's top 50 as recently as the 2007 season. So far he has yet to put things together at the Major League level, with a career .234/.303/.421 line in 713 at-bats.
Fields missed most of the 2010 season due to hip surgery, but did see some playing time with the Royals in September. In 49 at-bats he hit for a .309/.320/.490 line with three homers. The numbers are better than his career totals, but come through an incredibly small sample size. So far in his career, Fields has hit for power, but has struggled to hit for average, and has put up high strikeout rates, with a strikeout in a third of his at-bats.
The Pirates added Andy Marte early in the off-season, who is another former top third base pro...
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