Originally written January 17, 2012 on North Side Notch:
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The Pirates agreed to terms with two more players today, leaving only Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee still needing contracts heading into arbitration. Reliever Evan Meek signed a 1-year deal worth $875,000 with the possibility of another $25,000 in bonuses. Meek pitched just 20 2/3 innings last season due to injuries. He posted a 3.48 ERA and a 7.4 K/9 ratio. Let’s hope Meek can stay healthy and regain his 2010 form. Jeff Karstens signed a 1-year deal for $3.1 million. Karstens is coming off a career season where he stepped up to plug a big hole in the rotation. He pitched in 30 games (26 starts) and posted a stellar 3.38 ERA over 162 1/3 innings. Here’s hoping that wasn’t a fluke, like most of us think it was.
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