Pirates Sign Three To Minor League Deals

Brian Myrow

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

Brian Bass (RHP) - Spent the 2009 season with Baltimore, where he went 5-3 with a 4.90 ERA (86.1ip/47er) in 48 relief appearances. Finished second among American League relievers in innings pitched. Stranded 19 of his 24 inherited runners. Has a 9-7 record and 4.87 ERA (175.2ip/95er) in 97 games (four starts) in the big leagues with Minnesota (2008) and Baltimore (2008-09).Was originally selected by Kansas City in the sixth round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.

Luke Carlin (C) - Spent a majority of the 2009 campaign with Reno (Diamondbacks' AAA) while also having two stints with Arizona. Was a member of Team Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Threw out 16-of-45 (35.6 percent) of runners attempting to steal against him while playing with Reno...Has played a total of 46 games in the big leagues with San Diego (2008) and Arizona (2009).

Brian Myrow (OF) - Hit a combined .307 (112-for-365) with 22 doubles, 15 home runs and 59 RBI in 110 games between Charlotte (White Sox' AAA) and Indianapolis in 2009. Led Indianapolis in batting average (.330), on-base percentage (.448) slugging percentage (.515) and walks (43)...Ranked first in the International League in on-base percentage (.419), tied for third in walks (65), seventh in batting average (.307) and 10th in slugging percentage (.496) last year. Has played in a total of 52 games in the big leagues with the Dodgers (2005) and Padres (2007-08).

The Pirates have now agreed to terms with 19 minor league free agents with an invitation to spring training.

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