The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed pitcher Brian Tallet, according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. No word on whether the deal is a major league deal or a minor league deal.
Tallet has a career 4.79 ERA in 460 major league innings, pitching for three teams. Last year he split time between St. Louis and Toronto, but had poor results with a 9.45 ERA in 13.1 innings. The 34 year old also pitched for Toronto from 2006-2010. From 2006-2008 he had good results, with a 3.38 ERA in 173 innings, along with a 7.2 K/9 and a 4.2 BB/9 ratio. He worked as a starter in 2009, with a 5.32 ERA in 160.2 innings. Tallet then moved back to the bullpen in 2010, with a 6.40 ERA in 77.1 innings, making five starts in the process.
Tallet signed a major league deal with St. Louis last year, which paid him $750 K. He missed time in 2011 with a rib injury late in the season, and a fractured hand early in the season. Because of the injuries and the poor performances the past few years, I’d be surprised if this was a major league deal. He should compete with Daniel Moskos and Doug Slaten for the second left handed spot in the bullpen.