The Pirates have added three players, signed as minor league free agents, and all invited to the Big League camp for Spring Training.  All three could have a shot at the major league club (some more outside than others) or could be slotted for AAA Indianapolis.

RHP Fernando Nieve is a 28-year-old Venezuelan native.  He is currently pitching for Los Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he has made 4 starts and one relief appearance.  In 19.2 innings, Nieve has allowed 22 hits and 7 earned runs, with 14 strikeouts.  Nieve started his pro career in the Astros organization in 1999, reaching Houston for the first time in 2006.  He pitched in 40 games for the Astros in that season (3-3 record and 4.20 ERA).  He didn't get back to the majors again until 2008, when he made 11 appearances for the Astros (0-1 record and 8.44 ERA).  The righty was claimed off waivers by the Mets in early 2009, and split the past two seasons mostly between the Mets and the AAA Buffalo Bison.  His 2009 season was marred by a long stint on the DL due to a muscle injury in his right thigh, but he was able to play for the entire 2010 season.  He made 8 starts for the Bison -- 2-1 record, 5.62 ERA, 40 innings, 49 hits, 25 runs, 13 BB, 31 K. For the Mets in 2010, Nieve made 1 start and 39 relief appearances.  In 42 innings, he earned a 2-4 record and a 6.00 ERA, with 37 hits, 28 runs, 22 BB and 38 K.

INF Andy Marte is a 26-year old, who was first signed by the Braves in 2000.  He was considered a hot prospect for awhile, but his bat rarely got that message.  Marte hit .275 for the AAA Richmond Braves in 2005, and made his major league debut in that year, but hit just .140 in 24 games for Atlanta.  He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in late 2005, then not two months later traded on to the Cleveland Indians.  In parts of 5 seasons with Cleveland, Marte never hit above .229.  That .229 average came in the 2010 season, when he appeared in 80 games with the Indians.  He also had 5 homers and 19 RBI, and even made one pitching appearance for the Indians -- one inning, no hits, one strikeout.  Marte is playing for Los Tigres del Licey in his native Dominican Republic this winter.  In 13 games, he has a .171 average with 2 homers, 5 RBI, 6 BB, and 10 K.  

C Dusty Brown is a California native, who was the Red Sox' 35th round pick in the 2000 draft and has been in the Red Sox organization for his entire career until today.  He reached the AAA level at Pawtucket for the first time in 2007, for 8 games.  For the next 3 years, Brown spent most of his seasons in Pawtucket, where he played a total of 241 games and hit .260 with 21 homers and 107 RBI.  In 13 games for Boston over the past two seasons, he hit .267 (4-for-15) with one homer and 3 RBI.  The 28-year-old is also playing winter ball, for Los Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican league.  In 27 games, he's hitting .216 with 2 homers and 9 RBI.

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