The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of catcher Omir Santos to a minor league deal that comes with an invite to Spring Training. The 32-year-old has played parts of five seasons in the majors, spending this last year with the Cleveland Indians. He played just one game in the majors last year, spending the rest of the season in AAA, where he had a .639 OPS in 61 games. In his major league career, he has a .248/.280/.363 slash line in 122 games. Twice while in the New York Yankees system(2004/05), Baseball America rated him as the best defensive catcher in their farm system. He has thrown out 25% of attempted base stealers in the majors. Santos gives the Pirates another veteran depth option behind the plate. He will likely start the year at AAA....
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