Pirates sign Andino, invite him to spring camp

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The Pirates signed infielder Robert Andino to a minor league contract Tuesday and invited him to spring training as a non-roster player.

Andino, 29, finished the season hitting .302 for Class AAA Indianapolis with nine RBIs in 25 games after he was acquired by the Pirates in a July 31 trade with the Seattle Mariners.

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

At Class AAA Tacoma, the right-handed hitting Andino hit .229 with five doubles, a triple, three homers and 12 RBI in 44 games.

Andino has played 241 career major league games at second base, 152 at shortstop, and 50 games at third base. He’s played another 16 games in the outfield.

He is one of 13 non-roster players invited to major league spring training next month. The other 12 are pitchers Jake Brigham, Cody Eppley, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney, Kyle McPherson, Daniel Schlereth, Jameson Taillon, Adam Wilk, catcher Nevin Ashley, infielders Travis Ishikawa, and Michael Martinez and outfielder Chris Dickerson.

Andino was a Florida Marlins 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), Baltimore Orioles (2009-2012) and Mariners (2013).


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