Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus tweeted today that the Pirates signed left-handed reliever Brian Tallet. Tallet’s deal is a minor league contract and does not yet include an invite to spring training (Major League camp).
After hearing that an invite to camp doesn’t go along with this signing, I think it is safe to say that Tallet will be starting off the year in AAA-Indianapolis with the opportunity to make the club as a lefty reliever if needed. Tallet, 34, has battled many injuries and hasn’t been effective since 2008. In 2009, the Blue Jays tried making a starter out of him after many successful seasons as a reliever and that move to the rotation essentially ruined his career. He hasn’t been healthy or semi-decent since then.