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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22 Comments on "Pirates Reach Agreement With D.J. Carrasco"


5 years 7 months ago

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

Todd Smith
5 years 7 months ago

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

formerdraftpick
5 years 7 months 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?

bbxxj
5 years 7 months 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.

eedwards027
5 years 7 months 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.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Good deal for Huntington and the Rats

Wish he was our GM :(

5 years 7 months ago

He will be missed.

Muggi
5 years 7 months ago

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

5 years 7 months ago

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.

bigpat
5 years 7 months 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.

SouthSideSweepers
5 years 7 months 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
5 years 7 months ago

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

bucco_nation
5 years 7 months ago

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

bucco_nation
5 years 7 months ago

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

pdxsmiles
5 years 7 months 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”…

pdxmiles
5 years 7 months 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”…

southsidesox
5 years 7 months 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.

piratesbaseball46
5 years 7 months ago

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

lefty58
5 years 7 months 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.

5 years 7 months ago

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.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months 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.

5 years 7 months ago

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.