Pirates Sign Bobby Crosby

Bobby Crosby

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have signed infielder Bobby Crosby to a one-year contract.

The 29-year-old Crosby has spent his entire career with Oakland after being selected by the Athletics with the 25th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. He hit .223 (53-for-238) with 10 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 29 RBI in 97 games in 2009 while making 54 appearances at first base, 42 at third base, six at shortstop, five at second base and one in right field.

"Bobby Crosby is an established Major League player who will provide us with depth off the bench," said Pirates GM Neal Huntington. "He also has the ability to play regularly should the need arise."

The right-handed hitting Crosby took home American League Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2004 after leading A.L. rookies in home runs (22), RBI (64), runs (70), hits (130), doubles (34), walks (58), total bases (232) and extra base hits (57). He was also tabbed by The Sporting News as the American League Rookie-of-the-Year in 2004 while receiving the Player's Choice Award for the A.L.'s Most Outstanding Rookie.

In 677 career games in the Major Leagues from 2003-2009, Crosby has tallied 136 doubles, 61 home runs and 263 RBI. He played exclusively at shortstop during his six years in the big leagues before playing five different positions (including shortstop) in 2009.

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