PITTSBURGH (AP) -T.J. Beam, a right-hander not offered a contract by the New York Yankees, agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Beam would make $450,000 if he plays in the majors.
The 27-year-old Beam was 2-0 with an 8.50 ERA in 20 games with the Yankees in 2006, the only season he has pitched in the majors.
The former University of Mississippi pitcher was 4-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 29 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season.
The Pirates have been adding hard-throwing but minimally priced pitchers to their organization, a priority since general manager Neal Huntington was hired in September. Earlier this month, they drafted right-hander Evan Meek and picked up right-handers Jimmy Barthmaier and Ty Taubenheim on waivers.
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