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Pirates Sign Blaine Boyer, Brett Sinkbeil

Pirates Sign Blaine Boyer, Brett Sinkbeil

Sinkbeil was the number three prospect for the Marlins in 2008.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Blaine Boyer and Brett Sinkbeil to minor league deals, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  Both pitchers are right handers, and both have experience in the majors, although Sinkbeil's experience is limited to two innings.  Eddy suggests each could be bullpen options, which is most likely what they will be used as in AAA.

Boyer is 29, and was recently released by the New York Mets, after putting up a 10.80 ERA in 6.2 innings in the majors this year.  In his career he has a 4.81 ERA in 234 innings, all in relief, along with a 6.2 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 ratio.  His best stretch came with Arizona in 2009-2010, when he combined for a 3.64 ERA in 94 innings.

Sinkbeil has a career 5.92 ERA in 146 innings at the AAA level, mostly in relief.  In that time he has a 6.7 K/9, and ahas struggled with control, with a 4.6 BB/9 ratio.  He was mostly a starter prior to the last two years in ...

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