Pirates Sign Brad Hawpe, Lucas May

The Pirates announced that they signed outfielder Brad Hawpe and catcher Lucas May to minor league deals. Both players receive invitations to MLB Spring Training.

Hawpe, a former All-Star with eight years of MLB experience, last appeared in the big leagues with the 2011 Padres. He spent the 2012 season with Texas' Double-A affiliate, posting a .260/.382/.382 batting line in 152 plate appearances. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter reached the 20-homer plateau four consecutive times with the Rockies from 2006-09.

May, who appeared in 12 games with the 2010 Royals, spent this past season with the Mets' top affiliate. The 28-year-old posted a .215/.245/.348 batting line in 269 plate appearances at Triple-A Buffalo.

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