Pirates Reach Agreement With D.J. Carrasco

The Pirates and D.J. Carrasco have agreed to terms on a minor league deal, reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  If the right-handed reliever makes the team, he will earn $950K in base pay plus as much as $250K in performance bonuses.  The Pirates will have the chance to retain Carrasco beyond 2010 as an arbitration-eligible player.

The 32-year-old posted a 3.76 ERA, 6.0 K/9, and 2.8 BB/9 in 93.3 innings for the White Sox last season.  Despite this, the club decided to non-tender him, citing budget concerns.  Carrasco and new Pirates addition Brian Bass ranked #1-2 in relief innings in MLB last year.

22 Responses to Pirates Reach Agreement With D.J. Carrasco Leave a Reply

  1. It was sad to see him leave the south side. He’ll make the team I wish him luck.

  2. Todd Smith 6 years ago

    Another solid pickup for the Bucs at a good price. I’m liking this offseason for Huntington so far.

  3. formerdraftpick 6 years ago

    Nice! The ex-Pirate makes his way back. Since he signed a minor league deal, I’m wondering what kind of multiplayer deal awaits in the wings?

  4. bbxxj 6 years ago

    93 IP
    3.76 ERA
    3.46 FIP
    2.14 K/BB

    How the heck doest that get you less than 1M on a minor league deal?

    Fantastic deal even if he is just a stabilzing middle relief inning chewer.

  5. $1574266 6 years ago

    Another good pick upon for the Bucs. I am actually starting to like there pen with Meek, Hanrahan, Carrasco, and the eventual signing of Dotel.

  6. Suzysman 6 years ago

    Good deal for Huntington and the Rats

    Wish he was our GM :(

  7. He will be missed.

  8. Muggi 6 years ago

    Can’t understand why this guy didn’t get more attention. He’s not a stud, but a solid reliever.

  9. I think he’s got good enough stuff to start, but he never got the chance in Chicago, and he never got attention outside of Chicago. In a city like Pittsburgh, maybe that opportunity will come once again.

  10. bigpat 6 years ago

    Nice, he’s not a mega-stud but he is a pretty solid player, and to get him on a minor league deal is a great bargain. The pen needed to be addressed and one or two more moves would be great.

  11. SouthSideSweepers 6 years ago

    The Sox let him go for budget concerns? He’s making less than 1MM base pay and signed a minor league deal. Ozzie Guillen called him the teams MVP last year and we couldn’t fork up enough cash to sign a guy like D.J. to a minor league deal. What a joke. I’d much rather have Carrasco than Williams or Nunez in the pen.

    With that said, This is a great signing for the Pirates as long as he is in the pen. I don’t like Carrasco as a starter for the Pirates because I don’t think he is much better than the options they already have.

    • BLZR 6 years ago

      From what I understand they have no intention of letting him start unless it would be in an emergency spot start.

    • bucco_nation 6 years ago

      That does seem strange man… especially with Ozzie calling him the MVP.

  12. bucco_nation 6 years ago

    Love this move, along with the Church signing. You have to feel that we’re on the right track…

  13. pdxsmiles 6 years ago

    Something’s fishy here. I wonder if he’s hurt, as otherwise he surely should have received a major league deal and more $$$.
    That plus Kenny’s history of dumping pitchers just before an injury flares… Remember Mike Sirotka & “shoulder-gate”…

  14. pdxmiles 6 years ago

    Something’s fishy here. I wonder if he’s hurt, as otherwise he surely should have received a major league deal and more $$$.
    That plus Kenny’s history of dumping pitchers just before an injury flares… Remember Mike Sirotka & “shoulder-gate”…

  15. southsidesox 6 years ago

    I think the reason Kenny released em is, all of 09 he cried about how he wanted to be a starter even though he did his job in the pen, so im guessing he might get a chance to start for the bucs if something should happen.

  16. piratesbaseball46 6 years ago

    this is a great move for the pirates!, if they sign dotel now they will be ready to compete

    • lefty58 6 years ago

      This was a nice pickup, but you really want nothing to do with Dotel, he truly sucks.
      I would take Carrasco over Putz in a minute, but our GM is more interested in selling seats than he is in winning games, so we are stuck with the broken down Putz instead of the up and comer.

  17. I think this is a good move for the Bucs, the pen is starting to come into shape. If they can add Dotel this pen will be much better than expected going into the off-season.Dotel???MeekCarrascoHanrahan – CloserLopezAnyone of the following: Hart/McCutchen/Karstens/Jakubauskas/Jackson/Ledezma/Bass/Buress/Cotts/YatesThey’ve added some much needed depth with minor league contracts. I think I like what they’re doing with the pen.

  18. Alldaybaseball 6 years ago

    Wow poor guy. He should have gotten more like 1.5-2 million on a big league deal. He will probably make the team though. Great long reliever or middle reliever. Hope Kiko can get more, if he gets less that would be a real sad thing.

  19. I believe the Pirates have spent somewhere around 9 mil a year on Huntington’s 2 drafts. I would say that that is putting money into prospects. They lost out on Sano in the international draft but i am not that big on giving 16 year old kids 3 million dollars anyway. The problem that Huntington is facing now is that idiots like that guy from Yahoo a few days ago spewing uninformed garbage about the Pirates and what they are trying to accomplish.

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