Pirates sign Waldrop to minor league contract

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Kyle Waldrop (pronounced WALLdrup) to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training.

The 27-year-old Waldrop went 0-1 with a 2.53 ERA (21.1ip/6er) in 17 relief appearances with Minnesota in 2012. He began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and made four relief appearances with Class-A Fort Myers before being reinstated and assigned to Triple-A Rochester, where he went 0-0 with four saves and a 3.34 ERA (35.0ip/13er) in 24 relief appearances.

Waldrop was originally selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft as the 25th overall pick. He made his Major League debut with the Twins on September 5, 2011 and has recorded a 1-1 record and 3.62 ERA (32.1ip/13er) in 24 relief appearances during his big league career.

The Pirates now have 18 players coming to spring training as non-roster invitees.

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