Pirates Sign Jose Veras

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed relief pitcher Jose Veras to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (link in Spanish).  If Veras makes the majors, he will receive a $1 M salary, with $500 K in possible incentives.  He will make $15,000 a month in the minors, which amounts to about $100 K over the course of the season. Veras is 6′ 6″, 235 pounds, and has pitched...

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One Year Ago: January Bullpen Additions

In December 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, following a season where the closer put up a 5.80 ERA in 54.1 innings.  At the time of the move, the Pirates didn’t have much to work with in their bullpen.  Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek were the only bullpen options that were locks to make the team, and they weren’t viewed as strong late inning relievers at this time last year.  The Pirates said they would...

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Pirates Sign Garrett Atkins to a Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Garrett Atkins to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training.  Atkins played for Colorado for seven years, combining for a .289/.354/.457 line in 2788 at-bats.  However, he’s been on the decline in recent years. Atkins had a career year in 2006, with a .329/.409/.556 line and 29 homers in 602 at-bats.  In 2007 he was strong, with a .301/.367/.486 line, and 25 homers in 605...

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Pirates Re-Sign Tyler Yates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed reliever Tyler Yates, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  This is a minor league contract, and presumably includes an invite to Spring Training, similar to when the Pirates re-signed Yates last year. They first acquired the right handed reliever in 2008, in a trade with the Atlanta Braves prior to the season.  Yates went down with an elbow injury in May 2009, and underwent Tommy John...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Josh Fields

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with infielder Josh Fields on a minor league contract, with an invite to Spring Training.  Fields, who turned 28 last week, is a former top third base prospect, ranking in Baseball America’s top 50 as recently as the 2007 season.  So far he has yet to put things together at the Major League level, with a career .234/.303/.421 line in 713 at-bats. Fields missed most of the 2010 season...

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