The Pirates have signed Luis Matos, 28, to a minor-league contract in hopes that he will earn a spot on their bench.
He is a right-handed hitter coming off a dismal season with the Washington Nationals in which he batted .206 with two home runs in 69 games. He spent the previous six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, including a 2005 in which he batted .280 with four home runs in 121 games. He hit 13 home runs in 2003.
Also, Nick Green was officially signed to a minor league deal.