|Pirates agree to minor league deals with RHP Hector Carrasco and LHP Casey Fossum|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 24 January 2008 12:25|
Both pitchers were invited to spring training.
The 39-year-old Carrasco is 44-50 with a 3.99 ERA in 647 major league games with seven teams. He was with the Los Angeles Angels most of the last two seasons, going 7-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 56 games in 2006 and 2-1 with a 6.57 ERA in 29 games last season before being released July 11.
Fossum was 5-8 with a 7.70 ERA in 40 games with Tampa Bay last season before being let go Aug. 10. He is 37-52 with a 5.46 ERA for Boston, Arizona and Tampa Bay since 2001.
Carrasco and Fossum are among eight non-roster pitchers with major league experience invited to Pirates camp. The others are right-handers T.J. Beam, Adam Bernero, Elmer Dessens, Masumi Kuwata, Mike Thompson and Jaret Wright.
Kuwata, a former Japanese star who turns 40 in April, pitched in 19 games for Pittsburgh last season before being designated for assignment Aug. 14.