Pirates Sign Doug Slaten

The Pirates signed lefty reliever Doug Slaten to a minor league, deal, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Slaten, 31, tossed 16 1/3 innings for the Nationals this year and another 10 1/3 in the minors, missing much of the season with an elbow injury.  He was effective against lefty batters in 2010, although he faced only 81 of them.  Slaten was non-tendered by the Nationals last month after earning $695K in 2011.  He also had minor league offers from the Brewers and Rangers, tweets Rosenthal.

Slaten is represented by Paragon Sports International.  Another PSI client, Jo-Jo Reyes, signed a minor league deal with the Pirates eight days ago.  

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