Pirates finalize deal with Karstens

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The Pirates made official this afternoon a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Jeff Karstens.

The deal is worth $2.5 million plus performance bonuses, according to a source, and was pending a physical, which was completed Thursday.

Karstens, 30, made 19 appearances last season, going 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA. But he was limited by injury as he twice appeared on the disabled list.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart for assignment. Stewart was acquired in November in a trade that sent minor league pitcher Kyle Kaminska to the Boston Red Sox.

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Michael Sanserino: msanserino@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1722 or on Twitter @msanserino.


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