Pirates sign Inge to minor league contract

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates on Wednesday signed Brandon Inge to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Inge, 35, had a .658 on-base-plus-slugging percentage with the Detroit Tigers and Oakland A's in 2012.

Inge spent most of his 12 major league seasons with the Tigers, who selected him in the second round in the 1998 draft. He made the American League All-Star team in 2009, when he hit 27 home runs in 161 games.

In the past two seasons, though, he hit .208 with a .270 on-base percentage and a .606 OPS.

Primarily a third baseman, Inge has played all three outfield positions, catcher and second base in his career.

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Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @BrinkPG.


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