Pirates sign infielder Andino to minor-league deal

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The Pittsburgh Pirates signed infielder Robert Andino to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training, the club announced this morning.

Andino, 29, opened the 2013 season with the Seattle Mariners and appeared in 29 games before he was designated for assignment in late May.

The right-handed-hitting Andino batted .229 with five doubles, a triple, three homers and 12 RBI in 44 games with Class AAA Tacoma before being acquired by the Pirates on July 31. In Class AAA Indianapolis he hit .302 with eight doubles and nine RBI in 25 games.

He has played 241 career games at second base, 152 at shortstop, 50 games at third base and 16 total games at all three outfield positions.

Andino is one of 13 non-roster invites to spring training next month. The list includes pitchers Jake Brigham, Cody Eppley, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney, Kyle McPherson, Daniel Schlereth, Jameson Taillon, Adam Wilk, catcher Nevin Ashley, infielders Travis Ishikawa, Michael Martinez and Andino and outfielder Chris Dickerson.

Andino was a Florida draft pick in 2002 (22nd round) and has hit .232 with 58 doubles, one triple, 18 home runs and 96 RBI in 468 Major League games.

His major league career has spanned eight seasons with the Marlins (2005-2008), Orioles (2009-2012) and Mariners (2013) with a career .232/.384/.318 line.

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