The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed five minor league players according to Baseball America. We already heard about two of them, with the signing of catcher Mitch Slauter last week and shortstop Blake Davis was announced this week.

The new additions are RHP Jenn-Lei Liao, LHP Matt Ford and catcher Mike Spano.

Starting with Spano, the Pirates added an extra affiliate this year and along with that means more pitchers and the need for more catchers. It's going to be crowded in Extended Spring Training now with three teams worth of players and extras, so there was a need for extra catchers. The Pirates signed Slauter last week and also added catcher Erick Fernandez late last week. Spano was a non-drafted free agent, who spent the 2013 season with Florida Atlantic. He caught four years of ...

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