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Pirates Sign Five International Free Agents

Pirates Sign Five International Free Agents

According to MLB Trade Rumors, via Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed the following five international free agents:

RHP Adolfo Flores

RHP Juan Mendoza

SS/2B/OF Edgard Munoz

OF Anthony Claudi

OF Keybel Escobar

We've already seen a few of these guys in action this year, so the announcement is on a bit of a delay.  Munoz has played in six games, and is currently 5-for-17 with four stolen bases in seven attempts.  He's a small outfielder, at 5' 8", 150 pounds.

The Pirates have two right handed pitchers named Mendoza on the VSL team, but neither is named "Juan".  They have a Jorge Mendoza, who hasn't played yet, and an Andres Mendoza, who has allowed one run on four hits in 4.1 innings so far this year.  Of course, Juan Mendoza could be a completely different player.

The Dominican Summer League team begins their season on Saturday, so it's possible that a few of these players will be playing for the DSL squad.

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