Pirates Sign Brian Tallet

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.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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