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Pirates strike minor league contract with Brandon Inge

Feb 12, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

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Danny Knobler of CBS Sports has the scoop:

Brandon Inge is close to signing with the Pirates, according to sources.

Inge is expected to sign a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

The 35-year-old infielder batted just .218/.275/.383 across 331 plate appearances last season between the Tigers and Athletics. But he does boast some pop, which is something that has been missing from the Pirates’ bench over the past few summers.

Inge has averaged 17 home runs for every 162 games over the course of his 12-year MLB career.

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UPDATE, 9:43 PM: The deal has been agreed upon, according to MLB.com’s Tom Singer.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    He will bring veteren leadership, a few homers and a lot of grit. Its a good signing!

    • historiophiliac - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Bahahahahahaha!

      • cowboysoldiertx - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        No risk minor leaguie contract, he’s a bench guy and can play multiple positions. WHy is that a bad signing in your book?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        Let’s see. The Tigers finally released him last year after he hurt his groin hitting .180. He went to the A’s and couldn’t finish the season — after hitting worse than the guys they already had on their roster. He’ll probably end up on the DL again this year — but even if he doesn’t, take your pick for why I hate him: 2 errors on 1 play in the World Series, sometime leader in errors, and inconsistent batting performance. He probably won’t be able to play much and when he does, it will be hit and miss (more miss). If they just want to fill their minor league team, okay, but don’t hope for more than that. If you have to call him up, you are hurting.

      • paperlions - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Oh, wow. I thought cowboy was being sarcastic.

        Inge is an irrelevant signing, there is no way it is a good signing. He really can’t play multiple positions. He can play a decent 3B and that is it and he can’t hit a lick. He has a career OBP of .303 and has been far worse than that for the last 2 years. No risk, no reward, just a waste of a roster spot if he winds on the 40-man.

  2. mazblast - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Terrible. This is exactly the kind of end-of-his-OK-but-not-great-career guy that the Pirates spent over a decade signing before Huntington came on board. The Jeromy Burnitz/Joe Randa types, and now Inge. Yuck.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Its a minor league deal man. They aren’t trying to sell him as the guy who goong to put them into contention. Minor league depth and a decent bench is also pretty important to competing over a 6 month baseball season.

      • paperlions - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        The problem is that Inge actually is horrible at baseball now (not surprising since he wasn’t that good to begin with and he is going to be 36 in May). Players that are horrible at baseball don’t contribute to organizational depth or a decent bench. No, this signing doesn’t hurt anything (assuming he doesn’t make the team), but if Inge is your best option at any position, then you probably are not a competitive team.

  3. imthewiz77 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Not a fan of any team he has ever played for but have always been a huge fan of Brandon Inge. Doesn’t hit much but the guy plays the game the right way. Maybe he can even give Russell Martin a few days off behind the plate.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      What does that mean: “plays the game the right way”? What does he do that you think is impressive?

      • paperlions - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        As far as I can tell, playing the right way means a lot of things: he knows which end of the bat to hold, which side of the plate to stand on, which direction to run the bases, where to throw the ball when/if you catch it….I mean, these are all important things. Of course, every player that makes it to full season ball knows how to play the game the right way. Mostly, it seems like people mean that the guy looks like he tries hard, which is nice, but if you have to try hard and you still are not good….I’m not sure how that contributes to winning baseball games.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        I was thinking: if Brandon Inge plays the right way, give me a bunch of dudes who play the wrong way for my team.

    • mazblast - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Have you ever seen him catch? Look at his pitchers’ ERA when he’s behind the plate. Woof.

    • paperlions - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      The last time Inge caught a game was 2008. No, he can’t give Russell Martin a few days off behind the plate.

      • imthewiz77 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        I was being sarcastic about catching, but the guy hustles and plays solid d at third. Just going to spring training and setting an example for a young, unexperienced team will be worth the minor league contract he’s getting.

  4. historiophiliac - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Drew, you should be ashamed of yourself. “He’s got pop.” He sucks. Poor Pirates. If they are smart, he’ll stay in MiLB.

  5. verlacco - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Reblogged this on Colin Thoughts and commented:
    Hope for the best for Inge. Loved him as a Tiger. He had a tremendous work ethic and one of the best gloves I’ve ever seen.

  6. psunick - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    sounds like heat on Alvarez

  7. jimboslice1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    I mean, if you can get him, I like Inge. I like Inge a lot. Pirates should trade for David Wright, move him to 1st. Inge at 3rd. I like Inge.

  8. jimboslice1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    He’s a better 3rd baseman than Wright…

  9. thepittsburghkid - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    I’m not sure some of you that comment even watch baseball. Catching? He hasn’t caught since 2008, this is just another good pick up for next to nothing which will help with depth.

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