Pirates ink 13 minor leaguers


The Pirates have signed 13 players to minor league contracts. Two of the players — infielders Pedro Lopez and Anderson Machado — also were invited to spring training.

Lopez spent all of last season with Triple-A Syracuse (Blue Jays), where he batted .236 with 27 RBI. He’s played a total of 16 games in the majors for the White Sox (2005) and Reds (2007).

Machado played last summer in the Mets’ farm system, where he hit a combined .224 with 27 RBI. He’s gotten into 24 games in the majors for the Phillies (2003), Reds (2004-05) and Rockies (2005), and was used mostly at shortstop.

The Pirates also re-signed left-hander Corey Hamman, who went 9-9 with a 4.05 ERA in 28 games last year for Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis.

The rest of the signees — pitchers Jeffrey Infante, Carlos Vasquez, Sadid Pontier-Frias, Jean Ozoria, Angel Reyes, Eduardo Rodriguez; outfielders Jacobo Espiede, Eliezer Aquino and Jesus Vasquez; and infielder Leandro Mejia — were assigned to the Pirates’ Dominican Summer League team.