Saturday, January 16, 2010
Source: Donnelly, Pirates agree to deal
By Jerry Crasnick
The Pittsburgh Pirates, adding another piece to an offseason bullpen revamp, reached a preliminary agreement with veteran reliever Brendan Donnelly on a one-year contract for about $1.5 million, a baseball source told ESPN.com.
The deal, which is pending completion of a physical exam, includes performance bonuses that could increase Donnelly's payout to about $3 million, the source said.
Donnelly, 38, has a 29-9 career record with a 3.02 ERA in eight seasons with the Angels, Red Sox, Indians and Marlins. He posted a 3-0 record with a 1.78 ERA in 30 appearances for Florida last season.
In December, the Pirates declined to offer a contract to Matt Capps, their primary closer last year. He subsequently agreed to a deal with the Washington Nationals.
The Pirates signed former White Sox and Royals reliever D.J. Carrasco to a minor league deal Saturday, and are close to an agreement with free agent Octavio Dotel.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Dotel and Donnelly cannot be added to the Pirates' 40-man roster until the team makes moves to create spots for them.
Pittsburgh's bullpen posted an 18-28 record and tied for 25th in the majors with a 4.61 ERA last season.
Jerry Crasnick covers baseball for ESPN Insider.