The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen was strong for the club during the 2011 season posting a 'pen 3.76 ERA over 526.0 innings. Only one reliever did not return for the 2012 season, right-hander Jose Veras, who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Casey McGehee.

Like Veras, right-hander Juan Cruz signed a minor league contract and will make the club as a non-roster player this season.

Locks in the 'pen: Juan Cruz, Jason Grilli, Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, Tony Watson (lefty)

"I think the bullpen has gotten better each year," Evan Meek said on this years 'pen. "It’s been great I feel for the past three years --especially last year. It was really good. I know [Jose] Veras isn’t with us anymore. He was a huge part of that, threw a lot of innings for us. We’ve got g...

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