Pirates Sign Two Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two minor league free agents, according to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions. The first player that is new to the list is actually a former player, Francisco Diaz. Diaz is a catcher who was eligible for minor league free agency this off-season. He has mostly played the lower levels, and profiles as an organizational player.

It’s possible that he’s returning as a player/coach, since it doesn’t appear there will be much room for him in the minors with all of the lower level catching depth the Pirates have. Bradenton could have Reese McGuire and Jin-De Jhang, while West Virginia will probably have 2014 draft picks Taylor Gushue, Kevin Krause, and possibly Connor Joe, if the Pirates use him behind the plate. That leaves no room for Diaz.

The other signing is Adam Godwin, who was signed out of independent ball, and turns 32 years old next week. He’s an outfielder who has spent the last four seasons in the independent leagues, so it’s possible that this is a player/coach situation as well.

  • Tim: Another mention of the elusive Connor Joe. Has he played any baseball since being drafted last June? We read about kids from the far reaches of the world, but I am not sure I have ever read anything about this kid playing competitive baseball since before he was drafted. Could this be another Sidd Finch? Have you or John ever seen this kid in person?

  • William Wallace
    December 6, 2014 12:30 pm

    Adam Godwin hasn’t given up on the dream. You got to give these guys credit.