The Pirates and free-agent reliever Brendan Donnelly agreed to terms on a contract pending a physical, according to a source directly involved in negotiations.
Financial terms were not immediately known, but it is expected to be one year for less than $1 million.
Donnelly, 38, had a 1.78 ERA in 30 appearances for the Marlins after they signed him out of Houston's system in early July. He struck out 25, walked nine, and opponents batted .239 off him. His career numbers, through 348 appearances with the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians: 3.02 ERA and a .228 opponents' batting average.
The Pirates' 40-man roster is full, so moves are required before Donnelly and Octavio Dotel, another free-agent right-hander who is close to signing, can be added.
Donnelly was the mystery reliever of the three that became known last week, along with Dotel and D.J. Carrasco, who this morning signed his one-year minor league contract worth $950,000 if he makes the team, plus as much as $250,000 in performance bonuses.
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