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Pirates Sign Bobby Crosby

THURSDAY, 11:09am: The Pirates announced the Crosby deal today.  Huntington said that Crosby "will provide us with depth off the bench and also has the ability to play regularly should the need arise."

WEDNESDAY, 6:15pm: Crosby will earn $1MM before incentives next year according to Kovacevic. He can earn another $500K in incentives based on plate appearances.

TUESDAY, 11:57pm: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the deal will be worth roughly $1.5MM.

2:24pm: The Pirates are on the verge of signing infielder Bobby Crosby, reports Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.  Crosby will get a chance to compete with Ronny Cedeno for the Pirates' starting shortstop job.

Crosby, 30 in January, hit .223/.295/.357 in 272 plate appearances for the A's this year, playing mostly the infield corners.  His Rookie of the Year season led to a five-year, $12.75MM extension from Oakland.

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