Pirates sign Evan Meek and Jeff Karstens, avoid arbitration

The Pirates agreed to terms with two more players today, leaving only Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee still needing contracts heading into arbitration.

Reliever Evan Meek signed a 1-year deal worth $875,000 with the possibility of another $25,000 in bonuses if he reaches 50 IP. Meek pitched just 20 2/3 innings last season due to injuries. He posted a 3.48 ERA and a 7.4 K/9 ratio. Let’s hope Meek can stay healthy and regain his 2010 form.

Jeff Karstens signed a 1-year deal for $3.1 million. Karstens is coming off a career season where he stepped up to plug a big hole in the rotation. He pitched in 30 games (26 starts) and posted a stellar 3.38 ERA over 162 1/3 innings. Here’s hoping that wasn’t a fluke, like most of us think it was.

  • Libbasher411

    How are those two Indian pitchers the Pirates signed? Are they close to being called up to the major leagues?

    • Anonymous

      I’m assuming that is a joke, right?

      • Libbasher411

        Didn’t they sign two Indian pitchers who won some kind of talent competition over in India? Are they any good? Did they get released already?

  • Libbasher411

    This is a heck of a site you’ve got here. How do you handle all the traffic??