The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have signed right-handed pitcher Jason Stoffel and lefty Dan Runzler to minor league contracts and invited both players to Spring Training. We announced the Runzler signing exactly four weeks ago, so that is old news that they are just getting around to announcing. Stoffel is the new signing today. He's a 28-year-old righty, with no Major League experience, though he has spent four seasons in Triple-A.
Stoffel was a fourth round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2009. He pitched in their system until 2011, when he was traded to the Houston Astros for former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jeff Keppinger. He remained there until late-2015 when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He re-signed with the Orioles for 2016 and split the season betwee...
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