There hasn’t been much action lately, but the Pirates officially made a few minor moves today. The following five players were signed to minor league contracts with invites to spring training:

- Kyle McPherson, RHP: The 26-year-old righty was designated for assignment & non-tendered by the organization a few weeks ago. Considering he had Tommy John surgery this past July, it didn’t make sense to keep him on the 40-man roster if he’s unable to pitch. It’s nice to see “McFear” back on a minor league deal. He’s posted a 3.57 ERA over seven MiLB seasons; he had a 2.73 ERA in 10 appearances for the Bucs at the end of 2012.

- Travis Ishikawa, 1B: You may recall the 30-year-old first baseman from his time with the Giants or Brewers. A left-handed hitter, he’s been unable to stick in the major leagues, playing just seven games in The Show last season. In 382 MLB games, Ishikawa has hit .260/.324/.398.

- Michael Martinez, INF/OF: This signing was picked up a few days ago by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Martinez, 31, plays all around the diamond but can’t hit at all – he’s hit just .187/.234/.261 in 162 games since 2011, failing to reach the Mendoza Line each year.

Daniel Schlereth, LHP: The son of former NFL lineman Mark Schlereth, Daniel was part of the big D’Backs – Tigers – Yankees trade four years ago. Schlereth has struggled with ridiculously high walk rates, but is still young at age 27. He hasn’t pitched in MLB since 2012.

- Adam Wilk, LHP: Like Schlereth, Wilk is another lefty who last pitched in the bigs with Detroit in 2012. The 26-year-old has posted solid minor league numbers since 2009: 2.66 ERA, 7.0 K/9, 1.3 BB/9.

The team also signed two players to minor league contracts (no invite to ST):

- Brandon Mann, LHP: @27imokemp had info on this signing about two weeks ago over at U Gotta Believe. Mann, 29, has pitched in Japan the last few years with the Yokohama Bay Stars.

- Elvin Ramirez, RHP: The 26-year-old righty has spent seven seasons in the minors with the Mets and Angels organizations, posting a career 4.02 ERA in that time.

103 days until Opening Day.

Go Bucs

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  1. Josh on December 22, 2013

    I really like that McPherson is back with the Pirates. While he has had some injuries in his professional career to this point, Charlie Morton showed last season that pitchers can come back strong from TJ surgery. McPherson could be a part of the Pirates rotation in the future, and as of right now, he gives them similar rotation depth that was used and much needed last season.

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