The Pirates today signed pitchers Hector Carrasco and Casey Fossum to minor-league contracts, inviting each to spring training.
Carrasco, 39, spent most of the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, posting a 3.41 ERA in 56 appearances in 2006 and a 6.57 ERA in 29 appearances last year. The Angels released him July 11, and he spent the rest of the summer with the Washington Nationals' Class AAA affiliate in Columbus, posting an 8.84 ERA in 15 appearances.
In 12 seasons of Major League Baseball, he has a 44-50 record with a 3.99 ERA in 647 games, including 10 starts.
Fossum, 30, a left-hander, spent most of the past three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. Last season, he went 5-8 with a 7.70 ERA in 40 appearances, including 10 starts and was released Aug. 10. He spent the rest of the summer with the San Diego Padres' Class AAA affiliate in Portland and had an 8.10 ERA in three appearances.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.