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The Bucs have inked right-handed pitcher Jose Contreras to a minor league deal, and he’ll be in big league camp by tomorrow.
Contreras, 41, posted a 5.27 ERA in 13 innings with the Phillies in 2012. He struck out a solid 9.9 batters per nine innings, and walked only 2.0 per nine. He spent six of his 10 MLB seasons with the Chicago White Sox, winning the World Series in 2005 and going to the All-Star Game in 2006.
According to the club, Contreras is currently recovering from elbow surgery. He suffered the season-ending injury on June 1st; here’s the video:
Contreras should be seen as nothing more than depth. At age 41, the Bucs have plenty of younger, capable pitchers that are better than him. The club has pulled in a multitude of depth pitchers this offseason, including Kyle Waldrop, Mike Zagurski, and Vin Mazzaro, just to name a few.