Pirates make offer to reliever Bootcheck

Former Angels pitcher slowed by elbow trouble in 2008

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The Pirates have made a minor league contract offer to free-agent reliever Chris Bootcheck, two sources confirmed, but the team said this morning that no agreement has been reached.

Bootcheck, 30, is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-hander who spent parts of the past five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and posted a 6.04 ERA in 77 appearances, including a 10.13 ERA in 10 appearances while pitching through elbow trouble this past season. He has 92 career strikeouts and 55 walks in 132 innings.

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Dejan Kovacevic can be reached at dkovacevic@post-gazette.com . Catch more on the Pirates at the PG's PBC Blog .


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