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Pirates sign outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league contract

Nov 19, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

Felix Pie AP AP

We’re at that time of year where non-roster invites function as flashbacks. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Pirates have signed outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to spring training and incentives based on plate appearances if he makes the major league club.

Pie, now 27, failed to make the Indians out of spring training this year before joining the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. He eventually latched on with the Braves and batted .285/.338/.459 with six home runs, 51 RBI, 16 stolen bases and a .797 OPS in 96 games with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Pie owns a .248/.298/.374 batting line in the majors between the Cubs and Orioles. The former top prospect could have a chance at a fifth outfielder job with Pittsburgh.

  1. plmathfoto - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    They apparently scouted him and found has potential to be a Navy SEAL

  2. johnnyb1976 - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    This guy makes the pirates better how?

  3. crisisjunky - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I was drawn to the article by the last two words on the homepage lead-in: Pie, now…

  4. raysfan1 - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Cake is better than Pie.

    • ptfu - Nov 20, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      No, he is not.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=cakebr000jos

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/piefe01.shtml

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Pie trumps cake alwasy. Cake is just…cake. Unless it is chocolate cake. Or red velvet cake. Or pinapple upside down cake. Otherwise…I am all pie…all the time.

  5. craigmaitland - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Low risk high reward. Why not.

    • paperlions - Nov 20, 2012 at 7:41 AM

      Low risk, low reward (really, no risk, no reward)….but yeah, why not?

  6. phalatek6 - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    I remember Pie took AJ Burnett deep once a few years back and MASN made a point of showing AJ’s reaction to the HR. He mouthed something to the effect of, “I gave up a home run to this guy?!” And Pie noticed. It was minor, but interesting.

    Funny how sometimes the games bring you back together.

  7. kkolchak - Nov 20, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    It’s always a good idea to go out and get Pie the week of Thanksgiving.

  8. coryfor3 - Nov 20, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    Nothing says last chance like being the fifth outfielder for the Pirates.

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