Pirates Sign Felix Pie

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league deal, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Connolly reports that Pie has incentives for major league plate appearances in his contract if he makes the Pirates.

The outfielder was once one of the top prospects in the Chicago Cubs system, but hasn’t panned out in the majors. In 964 career at-bats he has a .249/.298/.374 line.  The last time he played in the majors was in Baltimore in 2011, hitting for a .220 average and a .545 OPS. He spent the 2012 season in Triple-A with Atlanta, hitting for a .285 average and a .797 OPS in 333 at-bats.

It seems unlikely that Pie would make the majors out of Spring Training. The Pirates should have Starling Marte, Travis Snider, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley for the final two outfield spots and two bench spots. Pie will most likely serve as depth in Triple-A.

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  • La Pirate

    Tim, it sure seems like the Pirates are going to make a move that will involve some of the outfielders. I am betting that Tabata will be traded. What are you hearing regarding possible signings/trades?

    • http://www.facebook.com/david.donahue.100 whiteAngus

      i dont think any of the outfielders are going to be moved. signing Pie doesnt mean that changes are coming, it means Indy is going to have Pie in the outfield.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

        White Angus….agree. Pie is essentially Gorkys with a little better bat.

      • https://profiles.google.com/107500598404660809214 Kerry Writtenhouse

        If they’re serving PIe in the outfield at Indy, count me in! If they put ice cream on top of it, even better!!!

  • http://twitter.com/jamesmvargo jamesmvargo

    I wish it was Pie Traynor…

  • wkkortas

    I can’t imagine Tabata would be traded over the winter–really, does he have any real trade value right now?

    • michaelbro8

      other than a very team-friendly contract, NO. But there might be some GM wanting to take a chance on his potential

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