I was checking the MLB.com transactions page tonight, and noticed that Carlos Paulino was assigned to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which is the wording used when a player receives a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Paulino is a catcher who has never caught above high-A, but has some strong defense highlighted by a cannon for an arm. With all of the pitchers in Spring Training, teams usually need a lot of catchers. Paulino is probably there for that reason.

I also checked the Pirates site and saw that Ivan De Jesus was listed as a non-roster invitee. I haven't seen his name mentioned before as an NRI. De Jesus is a middle infielder who was acquired as part of the Joel Hanrahan trade with Boston. The Red Sox designated him for assignment in November, then outrighted him to Triple-A. De Je...

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