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):
– 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.