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Pirates sign reliever Kyle Farnsworth to Minor League contract

Aug 16, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

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The Pirates have signed veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis, reports Rob Biertempfel. Farnsworth was released by the Rays on Monday after posting a 5.76 ERA in 29 and two-thirds innings of work.

It’s a depth signing for the Pirates as they have the third-best bullpen ERA in baseball at 2.75. They are all but guaranteed a playoff spot at this point, possessing the National League’s second-best record at 71-49.

  1. theskinsman - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    They thought of signing Joba after he gets released, but there is a rule about carrying cans of gasoline out to the mound in Pittsburgh.

  2. pisano - Aug 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Good point, you want to blow a comfortable lead? put Joba in there, he’ll take tare of it.

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