Knobler: Bucs sign Brandon Inge

According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Pirates are close to signing veteran infielder Brandon Inge. Knobler reports it will be a minor league deal.

Inge, 35, hit .218 with 12 home runs in 83 games between Detroit and Oakland last season. He’s never hit for high average, but has shown decent power numbers throughout his career; he hit 27 homers on two separate occasions (2006 and 2009).

Inge has played all across the diamond in his 12 big league seasons. He’s primarily a third baseman, but has also played all three outfield positions, catcher, and second base.

Bill James projects him to hit .222 with 8 HR and 30 RBI in 93 games, should he be on the MLB roster. If Inge has a solid spring, he could compete for a bench spot. He probably doesn’t have any business on the 25-man roster considering the club has a few younger, capable options. He could provide some decent depth, however.

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