The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed pitcher Dan Runzler to a minor league contract. The 31-year-old has pitched parts of four seasons in the majors, appearing with the 2009-12 San Francisco Giants. He has a 3.86 ERA in 72.1 innings, with 78 strikeouts and a 1.51 WHIP in 89 big league games.
Runzler split the 2016 season between Triple-A Rochester (Twins) and the independent team Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. He had a 5.82 ERA in 21.2 innings over 20 appearances with Rochester before being released in June. With Sugar Land, he had a 1.95 ERA in 27.2 innings over 33 appearances, though that came with a 1.66 WHIP. It was the second consecutive season he was signed to a Triple-A contract, then finished the season with Sugar Land.
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