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Bucs sign five righties to Minor League deals

Bucs sign five righties to Minor League deals

Bucs sign five righties to Minor League deals

The Pirates on Wednesday signed five right-handed pitchers to Minor League contracts: Collin Balester, Jake Brigham, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney and Seth McClung.

Brigham, Jackson and Kinney received invitations to Major League Spring Training as non-roster players.

Brigham, 25, went 5-5 with a 4.51 ERA in 26 games (18 starts) spanning 113 2/3 innings last year with Triple-A Round Rock of the Texas organization after making seven scoreless appearances (13 2/3 innings) with Double-A Frisco to start the year.

Jackson, 26, spent last year in the Marlins' farm system, where we went 4-7 with a 3.53 ERA in 21 games (18 starts) between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. Kinney, 34, was with Triple-A Tacoma of the Mariners organization last year, going 2-2 with a save and a 4.36 ERA in 30 relief appearances (33 innings). He's pitched in the big leagues with the Cardinals, White Sox and Mariners (most recently in 2012) and did not allow a run in seven postseason appearances (6 1/3 innings) with St. Louis in '06.

McClung, 32, has seen big league action with Tampa Bay (2003, '05-06) and Milwaukee ('07-09), and he pitched out of the bullpen in Mexico and Taiwan last season. Balester, 27, a fourth-round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft by the Expos, has big league experience with the Nationals ('08-11) and the Tigers ('12). He had Tommy John surgery on June 3.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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