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.

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