Bye-bye Bixler, hello Donnelly


The Pirates today traded Brian Bixler to Cleveland, which cleared a 40-man roster spot for free-agent reliever Brendan Donnelly.

Bixler was swapped for minor league infielder Jesus Brito, 22, who played in Class A last season. Brito hit a combined .353 with 19 doubles, 10 triples and 43 RBI in 60 games in rookie ball and Single-A Mahoning Valley.

Donnelly, 38, inked a one-year contract. Terms were not immediately available.

Last season, Donnelly went 3-0 with two saves and a 1.78 ERA in 30 outings for the Florida Marlins. Over eight years in the majors, the right-hander is 29-9 with a 3.02 ERA.

“Donnelly is a veteran set-up type reliever who brings experience, toughness and determination to our bullpen,” general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement.

Donnelly had reconstructive elbow surgery in 2007. He’s also played for the Angels, Red Sox and Indians.