d'Arnaud, 27, appeared in eight games for Pittsburgh this season but did not get an at-bat. He hit .250/.313/.356 with two homers and 23 RBIs in 118 games for Triple-A Indianapolis. d'arnaud played in 10 games in the outfield this season at Indianapolis. He played in 64 games with the Pirates spread over three seasons, batting .208 with seven RBI and 13 stolen bases.
Formerly a fourth-round pick of the Pirates, d'Arnaud has never been with a different organization. When he was selected out of Pepperdine the Pirates thought he might be the shortstop of the future, but it didn't pan out for d'Arnaud.
"I have thought about being a minor league free agent," d'Arnaud said. "It will be different, I've been with the Pirates since 2008, it's the only organization that I've been with. There are a lot of people who are my age who have bounce around quite a bit and been with multiple teams. I've always liked to be part of one organization forever like Cal Ripken. But Cal Ripken played a lot of games without getting hurt which is unheard of. To have another opportunity would be great.
"I feel like I was treat fairly in Pittsburgh and that they've been upfront with me year-to-year."
In six minor league seasons, the shortstop/second baseman/OF has a career .261/.339/.397 batting line. He's also swiped more than 30 bases in three different seasons and has been successful in 153 of 185 stolen base attempts in the minors (83 percent).