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Pirates Make Offer To Chris Bootcheck

10:56am: Correction - the Pirates have offered a minor league contract to Bootcheck, but no agreement has been reached.

12:15am: According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates signed free agent reliever Chris Bootcheck.  It's a minor league deal paying $700K for time spent in the Majors.  Bootcheck pitched 54 innings this year at various levels.  He missed time with a strained oblique and forearm.

Bootcheck went to the Angels with the 20th overall pick in the 2000 draft; he was advised by Scott Boras.  If Bootcheck is still represented by Boras, this move could be viewed as a sign that the Pedro Alvarez drama did not have a lingering effect.  Bootcheck hasn't done much in the Majors, but he does average about 93mph with his fastball.


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