The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and third baseman Deibinson Romero to minor league contracts with invitations to Spring Training.
Romero is 28 years old and spent the 2014 season in the Twins organization, where he hit .265/.364/.406 in 123 games for AAA Rochester. He has spent nine seasons in the Twins system and hasn’t made the Majors yet. He plays almost exclusively at third base, seeing some time occasionally at first base. In 2012, he hit 19 homers at AA New Britain.
Hernandez is familiar to most Pirates fans. He came over to the Pirates in the Nate McLouth deal with the Atlanta Braves. The Pirates dealt him to the Marlins during the 2012 season and he has spent the past two years in the minors. The 27-year-old split the 2014 season between the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and a stint in the Mexican League. He batted a combined .280/.350/.348 in 75 games.
The Pirates also announced the Sebastian Valle deal, which was reported here last week.