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.