-We heard on Wednesday that Joe Beimel will make the roster, which is a move that was expected. Rob Biertempfel has an update on another bullpen move, noting that manager Clint Hurdle has said Jose Veras will also make the team. The Pirates signed Veras to a minor league deal, with a $1 M salary in the majors. Veras is coming off a 2010 season where he put up a 3.75 ERA in 48 innings, with a 10.1 K/9 ratio and a 5.4 BB/9 ratio with the Florida Marlins. His control has always been bad, with a career 5.0 BB/9 ratio in 176.1 innings, although he gets a lot of strikeouts due to his high velocity. He won't be playing a big role in the Pirates' bullpen, joining Chris Resop in the middle innings.
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