Brian Tallet, a 34-year-old left-hander who has had some Major League success as a matchup reliever, has been signed to a Minor League contract by the Pirates. Tallet saw limited action last season due to a pair of injuries, a broken left hand and a strain of his right intercostal muscle. He had 18 outings with the Cardinals before being packaged with outfielder Colby Rasmus in a July 27 trade with the Blue Jays, with whom he subsequently made only one appearance between a Minor League rehab assignment and his outright release on Sept. 5. In the 19 games, Tallet had a combined ERA of 9.45.
However, as a member of Toronto's rotation in 2009, Tallet went 7-9 in 25 starts. Reassigned to the bullpen in 2010, Tallet held left-handed hitters to a .176 average in 102 at-bats. The Oklahoma native has a career record of 16-25 with a 4.79 ERA in nine seasons, predominantly as a reliever. He was originally Cleveland's second-round choice in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft. Tallet's assignment for 2012 has not yet been determined. He is not expected to be in the Pirates' Major League camp when Spring Training begins on Feb. 19.