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According to the minor league free agent tracker on Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have added two minor league free agents. The new additions are outfielder Brett Carroll and right-handed pitcher Roman Colon.
Carroll had previous been with the Washington Nationals, and elected free agency this off-season. In 288 career at-bats in the majors he has a .201/.280/.319 line. The 30-year old will probably serve as organizational depth in Altoona or Indianapolis. Last year he hit for a .250/.333/.407 line in 364 at-bats at the Triple-A level.
Colon also elected minor league free agency this off-season after spending time with the Kansas City Royals. The 33-year-old right-hander has a career 5.19 ERA in 187.1 innings in the majors, with a 5.8 K/9 and a 3.4 BB/9. He pitched eight innings in the majors last year, giving up six runs on 12 hits. He spent most of his time pitching out of the Triple-A bullpen with Kansas City.
It looks like both players are strictly on minor league deals, with no invites to major league Spring Training. They will probably both be competing for spots with Indianapolis in the upcoming season.
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Jeff Karstens can make an additional $1 M in performance bonuses. – Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates
Tom Singer has a few contract details and incentives for some of the players in major league camp. The details can be read here. My thoughts on each player below.
**Jeff Karstens has $1 M in potential performance bonuses. He’d get a bonus of $100,000 each for 150 and 160 innings...
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Pat Lackey wrote about this earlier today, pointing out that this shouldn’t...
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Mark Appel made his 2013 debut on Friday against Austin Kubitza — who, like Appel, didn’t sign with the Pirates. Image Courtesy: Pittsburgh Pirates
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#1 Gerrit Cole (P)
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Austin Kubitza out-pitched Mark Appel to start the 2013 college season.
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RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: August 13, 1979
Signed: International Free Agent, 1995 (Braves)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: Arn Tellem
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
Colon is a big RHP who throws hard, usually averaging over 94 mph when pitching in...