3 more minor league deals


Sitting at the gate at Greater Pit, waiting for my flight to Florida to do a quick check on minicamp, when I saw the Pirates have signed three more players — right-hander Brian Bass, catcher Luke Carlin and outfielder Brian Myrow — to minor-league contracts. That gives the team 19 non-roster invitees to spring training.

Bass spent last summer with the Orioles, going 5-3 with a 4.90 ERA in 48 relief outings. He was second among AL relievers in innings pitched.

Carlin split last season between Triple-A Reno and Arizona and also played for Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.  He’s played in 46 games in the majors for the Diamondbacks and Padres.

Myrow hit a combined .307 with 15 homers and 59 RBI in 110 games for Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox) and Indianapolis. He’s played in the majors for the Dodgers and Padres.

Tomorrow, I’ll have an update from sunny (??) Bradenton, possibly including official news on the signing of free-agent outfielder Ryan Church.