Pirates Sign Brendan Donnelly

The Pirates officially signed Brendan Donnelly to a one-year deal with a base salary of $1.35MM today. The deal could be worth $3MM total if Donnelly reaches certain performance bonuses.

The 38-year-old had a strong run with Florida last year. He allowed 22 hits and 9 walks in 25.1 innings, striking out 25 for an ERA of 1.78. Before joining the Marlins, Donnelly posted a 1.75 ERA with 8.1 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 24 appearances with Houston's Triple A affiliate.

As Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out, the Pirates are taking on some risk here. Last season was Donnelly's first meaningful time in the majors since his 2007 Tommy John surgery. 

This week the Pirates reached an agreement with D.J. Carrasco on a minor league deal. They're also on the verge of landing Octavio Dotel, though the sides have yet to agree to terms.

Kovacevic reported that the Pirates were close to signing a mystery reliever before figuring out that it was Donnelly. Kovacevic and ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick added the contract details.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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29 Comments on "Pirates Sign Brendan Donnelly"


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ironkett
5 years 5 months ago

Donnelly is fine with me. If the Pirates do get Dotel, then I am fine with this bullpen. I think it will be better than last years even without Capps. The pen still only has 1 lefty, but I would rather have 1 lefty and 5 decent to good right handed relievers than 2 lefties if one of them is Durmatrait.

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EvilEmpireMember
5 years 5 months ago

In a tweet, Kovacevic says he’s hearing that Donnelly is the mystery reliever, and he’s working to confirm

I really hope that Kovacevic is not working too hard. Donnelly is not worth it and why he remains a mystery is the real mystery.

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5 years 5 months ago

He doesn’t want anyone to find out he’s signing with the Pirates, maybe?

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louis_09
5 years 5 months ago

While I like the fact that the Pirates have turned their attention to their bullpen, I’d REALLY like to know which left-handers will be used in the ‘pen.

You’ve got Maholm & Duke in the rotation from the left side. Javier Lopez and Donnie Veal are the only other 40-man LHPs. Perhaps they’re thinking of putting Veal in the bullpen this season? After starting him in the fall league?

I hate the fact that they start/relieve/start/relieve all their pitchers down in the minors — that CANNOT be good for their arms. They need to make a decision with Veal/Moskos/etc. and stick to it.

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tchemmis
5 years 5 months ago

Don’t forget Neal Cotts is another LHP that will be in the pen!

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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 5 months ago

Cotts is not far enough into his recovery from TJ surgery to help before at least mid season. Yeah, someone to look forward to.

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tchemmis
5 years 5 months ago

Another new reliever, Neal Cotts, threw from 90 feet and remains on track to retake the mound in three weeks, right at the common 10-month recovery point from his Tommy John elbow surgery.

Read more: link to post-gazette.com

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matthew8510
5 years 5 months ago

they can sign nolan ryan and theyd still come in dead last lol

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carson23
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah because Nolan Ryan is now over 60 years old. The Buccos are doing the right thing. By 2012 they will be back in contention. Management has this ship going in the right direction.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

I honestly don’t think the Pirates are that bad now. They were hopeless for a number of years now with their pitching being up and down and lacking in impact position players, but last year they showed some signs of life. I could see them breaking .500 this season, with a bit of luck.

That said, I’m not quite sure about the need to sign all these relievers. Maybe they are planning to stockpile them and flip one or two if they have good seasons? Wouldn’t get much return, but could be better than doing nothing.

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dylanp5030
5 years 5 months ago

if chan ho signs as a reliever I will be stunned. Phillies wanted him back, but he wants to be a starter. Phillies should be doing what the Pirates are doing right now…signing relievers, haha