Bucs sign Doug Slaten

Ken Rosenthal tweeted earlier today that the Pirates have signed left handed reliever Doug Slaten to a minor league deal. He chose the Pirates’ minor league offer over those from Milwaukee and Texas.

Slaten will be 32 in February and could actually prove to be pretty useful if used correctly. Over his career, he has held lefties to a .241/.304/.361 line. His numbers against righties, however, are pretty awful. He pitched just 16 1/3 innings last year for Washington due to an elbow injury.

He will compete for a job in the bullpen, but I would say he is a bit of a long shot to make the club out of Spring Training.