Deal close on Tawainese pitcher


Contrary to some reports that a deal is done, the Pirates have not yet signed minor-league free agent Chi-Hung Cheng. However, a Pirates official confirmed that negotiations are under way with the left-hander. It shouldn’t take long to wrap up the details.

Cheng, 22, spent the past five seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays’ system. He went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA in 25 games (14 starts) last season for Class A Lansing.