Pirates Sign Blaine Boyer, Brett Sinkbeil

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Blaine Boyer and Brett Sinkbeil to minor league deals, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  Both pitchers are right handers, and both have experience in the majors, although Sinkbeil’s experience is limited to two innings.  Eddy suggests each could be bullpen options, which is most likely what they will be used as in AAA. Boyer is 29, and was recently released by the New York Mets,...

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Pirates Sign Christian Colonel to a Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed third baseman Christian Colonel to a minor league deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  Colonel played for three different organizations in 2010, between the AA and AAA levels.  In his career at the AAA level, Colonel has a .291/.352/.422 line in 886 at-bats, although all of those came in the Pacific Coast League. Colonel was the number 28 prospect in the Colorado Rockies’ farm...

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Pirates Sign Wyatt Toregas to Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Wyatt Toregas to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.  Toregas, a catcher, is the 22nd non-roster invitee for the Pirates, per the Spring Training tracker. Toregas was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 24th round of the 2004 draft.  He reached the majors for 51 at-bats in 2009, putting up a .176/.267/.196 line.  In his minor league...

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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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Pirates Sign Jorge Julio

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Jorge Julio, according to César Augusto Márquez at the Venezuelan newspaper Lider en Deportes (via MLBTR).  Rob Biertempfel adds that the deal does not include an invite to Spring Training. Julio last pitched in the majors in 2009 with the Milwaukee Brewers, putting up a 7.79 ERA in 17.1 innings, along with a 13:15 K/BB ratio.  Milwaukee released him, and after a brief stop in the Rays’ minor...

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