Pirates sign Hernandez to Minor League deal

Pirates sign Hernandez to Minor League deal

Pirates sign Hernandez to Minor League deal
PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates on Wednesday signed infielder Anderson Hernandez to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Hernandez is now the ninth non-roster player to be invited to Pittsburgh's big league camp.

Hernandez, 29, has appeared in 240 Major League games in a span of six seasons, though none of those appearances came in 2011. The switch-hitting infielder played in Houston's Triple-A system all of last year, batting .300 with 52 RBIs, 21 stolen bases and 74 runs scored.

Hernandez has played predominantly at second and short throughout his career, though he also has brief experience in the outfield and at third. He is expected to be among the players the Pirates consider as they try to find a backup middle infielder for 2012. Already in that mix are Yamaico Navarro, Gustavo Nunez and Josh Harrison.

Signed out of the Dominican Republic back in 2001 by the Tigers, Hernandez has now been a part of six organizations.

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