The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 31-year-old left-handed pitcher Josh Outman, who has spent parts of six seasons in the majors. Outman has a career 4.43 ERA in 274.1 innings, making 32 starts and 129 relief appearances. He last pitched in the majors in 2014, pitching 40 games in relief split between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. That year, Outman had a 2.86 ERA in 28.1 innings, being used mainly as a lefty specialist. He held left-handed hitters to a .169 average in 2014 and they have batted .186 against him during his career.
He spent the 2015 season pitching in the minors for the Braves, spending the first three months of the season on the disabled list with left shoulder discomfort. This year, Outman was pitching for the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League, where he had a 4.23 ERA in 14 starts, with 23 walks and 55 strikeouts in 85 innings. He will report to Indianapolis.