Bucs Sign Three To Minor League Deals

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with the following players on minor league contracts with an invitation to spring training.

Brian Burres (LHP) - Spent the 2009 season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Went 6-7 with a 4.76 ERA (107.2ip/57er) in 19 games (17 starts) with Triple-A Las Vegas and 0-2 in two starts with the Blue Jays. Has gone 13-20 with a 6.08 ERA (265.0ip/179er) in 81 games (41 starts) in the big leagues with Baltimore (2006-08) and Toronto (2009). Was originally selected by San Francisco in the 31st round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft. Has a 50-34 record, three saves and 3.91 ERA (734.2ip/319er) in 198 games (105 starts) in the minor leagues.

Neal Cotts (LHP) - Began the 2009 season with the Chicago Cubs before being optioned to Triple-A Iowa on May 27. Went 0-2 in 19 appearances with the Cubs while stranding 13 of his 14 inherited runners. Posted a 2.84 ERA (12.2ip/4er) in 12 relief appearances with Iowa before undergoing season-ending "Tommy John" elblow ligament replacement surgery on July 2. Has a 10-12 record and 4.63 ERA (256.1ip/132er) in 284 big league appearances (five starts) with the White Sox (2003-06) and Cubs (2007-09).

Tyler Yates (RHP) - Went 0-2 in 15 relief appearances with the Pirates in 2009. Underwent season-ending "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow on July 14. Was outrighted off Pittsburgh's 40-man roster on October 26 and elected free agency. Has a 12-17 record and a 5.12 ERA (248.0ip/141er) in 239 games (seven starts) in the big leagues with the New York Mets (2004), Atlanta (2006-07) and Pittsburgh (2008-09).

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