Church, Pirates finalize one-year deal
PITTSBURGH -- Outfielder Ryan Church and the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized a $1.5 million, one-year contract.
The 31-year-old was bothered by a sore back while hitting .273 with four home runs and 40 RBIs in 111 games with the Braves and Mets last season. He also has had multiple concussions.
The Pirates expect Church to go into the season as their fourth outfielder. He also provides depth in case their top outfield prospect, Jose Tabata, does not reach the majors this season.
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