Pirates Sign Jake Fox, Five Others

The Pirates announced six minor league free agent signings: Jake Fox, Brandon Boggs, Kyle Cofield, Jose Diaz, Shairon Martis, and Stefan Welch.  Fox, Boggs, and Martis received non-roster invites to spring training.  The signings of Fox and Martis were first reported yesterday by Baseball America's Matt Eddy.

Fox, 29, has a line of .237/.288/.425 in 534 plate appearances across parts of four big league seasons with the Cubs, Athletics, and Orioles.  He's spent time at catcher and the infield and outfield corners.  Fox has some powerful minor league performances on his resume.

Boggs, 28, hit .241/.381/.419 for the Brewers' Triple-A team this year, playing the outfield corners.  Most of his big league experience came with the Rangers in 2008.  Martis, 24, had 106 1/3 Major League innings in the Nationals' rotation from 2008-09.  He spent 2011 with the team's Double-A affiliate, posting a 3.05 ERA, 9.9 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, and 0.6 HR/9 in 133 innings.  

Cofield, a 24-year-old minor league reliever, was acquired by the White Sox from the Braves for Scott Linebrink and cash a year ago.  Diaz, a 27-year-old minor league reliever, posted a 1.41 ERA and 10.7 K/9 with 22 saves for the Orioles' Double-A club this year.  Welch, a 23-year-old first baseman, hit 16 home runs in 514 plate appearances for the Mets' High-A team this year.



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