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Pirates Close to Signing Scott Olsen

Pirates Close to Signing Scott Olsen

The Pirates have agreed to a one year deal with Olsen.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are close to making their first addition of the off-season, agreeing to sign Scott Olsen to a one year, incentive laden deal, per Jennifer Langosch.  The deal is not official yet, and is contingent on Olsen passing a physical.  Dejan Kovacevic mentions that Olsen's base salary will be in the $1 M range.  Last year, Olsen received a $1 M base salary with Washington, with a potential $2.85 M in incentives.

On the field, Olsen has been nothing special.  His fastball in the early part of his career could touch 94 MPH, although in recent years he has only touched 92, and averages 89 MPH.  He has two somewhat good seasons under his belt.  The 2006 season, when he put up a 4.04 ERA in 180.2 innings, and 2008, when he had a 4.20 ERA in 201.2 innings.  The 2006 season was somewhat legit, with a 4.07 xFIP, although his 2008 season was a fluke, with a 4.95 xFIP.  Olsen was lucky in 2008, thanks to a .266 BABIP.

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