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Pirates sign Jose Contreras to minor league contract

Feb 23, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

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From the organization’s official Twitter feed comes word that the Pirates have reached agreement on a minor league contract with righty Jose Contreras.

The deal carries an invitation to spring training, but Contreras is still rehabbing from a torn UCL in his right elbow and a flexor pronator tear, and might not be ready for the start of the 2013 regular season.

Contreras surrendered 13 hits and 10 runs (eight earned) in 13 2/3 innings of relief last season with the Phillies. The 41-year-old native of Cuba owns a 4.55 career major league ERA and a 1.36 career WHIP.

  1. yankeesgameday - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Does this make Pittsburgh the evil empire now?

    • jwbiii - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      Only if they pay the Yankees for the rights.

  2. chomsky66 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Best tweet on this:

    Andrew Baggarly ‏ @CSNBaggs
    Pending physical in which they cut him open, count rings. RT @DKnobler Jose Contreras signs minor-league deal with Pirates, team announces

  3. tfbuckfutter - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    This reminds me of the time Gordie Howe signed a minor league contract and played in one game to officially be the oldest hockey player ever.

    The only difference is I think he was younger than Contreras at the time.

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