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Pirates Sign Pitcher Kyle Farnsworth To Minor League Contract

The Pirates have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Kyle Farnsworth on a minor league deal. Farnsworth has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The 37-year-old Farnsworth went 2-0 with a 5.76 ERA (29.2ip/19er) and 19 strikeouts in 39 relief appearances with Tampa Bay this season before designated for assignment and released on August 9.

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Farnsworth was originally selected by the Cubs in the 47th round of the 1994 First-Year Player Draft. Since breaking into the big leagues in 1999, he has played for the Chicago Cubs (1999-2004), Detroit (2005 and 2008), Atlanta (2005 and 2010), the New York Yankees (2006-08), Kansas City (2009-10) and Tampa Bay (2011-13).

He also ranks third among active pitchers with 849 games in the big leagues behind Mariano Rivera (1098) and LaTroy Hawkins (925).

He is 42-62 with 52 saves, a 4.29 ERA (951.1ip/453er) and 936 strikeouts in 849 games (26 starts) during his Major League career.

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