Pirates Sign Robert Andino

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Robert Andino to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Andino was in the Pirates’ organization last year, playing for Indianapolis. The Pirates acquired him on July 31st for cash considerations, and used him as depth out of Triple-A. He got a lot of playing time during the final month of the season, which came after Josh Harrison was called up to the majors full time earlier in July.

Andino will be in Spring Training, but won’t have a real shot at the 25-man roster. The backup middle infield job will go to Clint Barmes, which means Andino will once again serve as depth out of Triple-A. He would probably end up as a bench option, with Chase d’Arnaud getting most of the playing time at shortstop.

The Spring Training tracker is updated. The Pirates now have 13 players invited to Major League camp.

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  • rjtwining

    I see the Pirates once again collect weak hitting middle infielders – well it is just depth rather than spending major league free agent dollars. I am concerned about the infield corners at the major and minor league levels not middle infield where the depth and the prospects are more numerous.

    • leadoff

      A good hitting middle infielder is not depth at AAA. A good hitting middle infielder makes a lot of money and is in the major leagues.

  • Y2JGQ2

    Leadoff- not sure what that statement is in response to. That has nothing to do with the other post. He’s saying we should be gathering first and third baseman.