Pirates sign left-handers Luebke, O'Flaherty to minor-league deals
February 11, 2016 5:08 PM
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Cory Luebke was drafted by the Pirates in the 18th round in 2004 but did not sign.
By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pirates Thursday signed a pair of veteran left-handers to minor-league deals with invites to major-league spring training, bringing aboard Cory Luebke and Eric O’Flaherty to bolster the organization's pitching depth.
Luebke, who was drafted by the Pirates in the 18th round in 2004 but did not sign, had a 3.86 ERA in seven appearances, three starts, last year between the Class A and Class AAA levels with the San Diego Padres, the team that selected him 61st overall in 2007.
Luebke, 30, has a 3.25 ERA in 55 games, 25 starts, in the majors, all with the Padres between 2010 and 2012.
The O’Flaherty deal brings the Pirates a lefty reliever with plenty of major-league experience. O’Flaherty, 31, was sidetracked by Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery in May 2013 and has a 5.76 ERA in 50 innings since the surgery.
Prior to the surgery, O’Flaherty posted a 1.99 ERA over 249 innings in four-plus years with the Atlanta Braves. In 2011, he had a 0.99 ERA in 78 appearances.
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