The Pirates today signed starting pitcher Tony Armas to compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation this spring with Shawn Chacon and Sean Burnett among others. The one year deal has a mutual option for 2008.
He will make $3 million in base pay this coming season, $5 million the following season if the option is exercised. If it is not, the team must pay a $500,000 buyout.
Armas, 28, went 9-12 with a 5.03 ERA in 30 starts for the Washington Nationals last season.
Over eight seasons in Major League Baseball, he has gone 48-60 with a 4.45 ERA. That includes being the opening-day starter for the Montreal Expos in 2003