In a move partly to bolster their farm system and potentially to fill one bullpen opening, the Pirates announced today the signing of three players to minor-league deals: right-handed reliever Brian Bass of the Baltimore Orioles, catcher Luke Carlin and outfielder Brian Myrow, who hit .330 with their Class AAA club in Indianapolis early last season.
Bass, who turned 28 last week, went 5-3 with a 4.90 ERA in 86 1/3 innings over 48 appearances last season with Baltimore, finishing second among American League relievers in innings pitched.
Carlin, 29, a member of Team Canada in last spring's World Baseball Classic, appears to be the replacement for the released Robinzon Diaz. This right-handed hitter batted .152 with seven RBIs in 46 games over the past two seasons as a reserve catcher with San Diego and Arizona.
The left-handed hitting Myrow, 33, played 52 major-league games over 2005, 2007 and 2008, mostly as a pinch-hitter. However, he played seven games total with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 and Padres in 2008 as a first baseman, an area where the Pirates might have a reserve need.
That brought the Pirates' total to 19 minor-league free agents invited to spring training.