Monday, February 05, 2007

Pirates come to terms with...who?

Today the Pirates signed another Cuban starting pitcher, however this time with far less fan fare than when Yoslan Herrera signed on the dotted line.

Serguey Linares agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to the major-league camp in spring training.

Linares, 23, is a hard-throwing, 6-foot-4 right-hander, but he does not have nearly the pedigree of the Pirates' other Cuban pitcher, Yoslan Herrera. In 37 games in Cuba's top professional league, including 26 starts, he was 7-10 with a 5.59 ERA. He had control trouble, too, with 86 walks to 111 strikeouts in 162 2/3 innings.

He did not pitch in 2006.
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