Pirates Sign Veteran Starting Pitcher in Free Agency

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed an eight-year veteran pitcher in free agency.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed an eight-year veteran pitcher in free agency. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Pittsburgh Pirates made an under-the-radar move during the league's Winter Meetings on Tuesday.

According to team insider Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates reached a deal with veteran starting pitcher Vince Velasquez.

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The deal is worth one year and $3.15 million, but is still pending a final physical.

Velasquez pitched for the Chicago White Sox in 2022. He appeared in 27 total games, starting nine and finishing eight others. He ended up going 3-3 with a 4.78 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old right-hander has shown promise at various points throughout his career but has never been able to put it all together. Despite averaging over a strikeout per inning (9.7 K/9), he's gone just 34-47 with a 4.93 ERA in 726 1/3 career frames.

Velasquez isn't the flashiest name, but he could still prove to be a useful arm for Pittsburgh's pitching staff next year.

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