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.