Bucs sign Tallet to Minor League deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed pitcher Brian Tallet to a Minor League contract.

Tallet, 34, split the 2011 season between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals. In last year's deal centered around Colby Rasmus and Edwin Jackson, Tallet was a throw-in sent from St. Louis to Toronto in order to finish off the deal. Over 19 appearances last season, he posted a 9.45 ERA in 13 innings.

As a member of Toronto's rotation in 2009, Tallet went 7-9 in 25 starts. Reassigned to the bullpen in 2010, Tallet held left-handed hitters to a .176 average in 102 at-bats.

The Oklahoma native has a career record of 16-25 with a 4.79 ERA in nine seasons, predominantly as a reliever. He was originally Cleveland's second-round choice in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.

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