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Minor moves: White Sox, Pirates, Red Sox

Three right-handers -- Andrew Brackman, Kyle Waldrop, and JD Durbin -- have signed minor-league deals with three different clubs this week.

Hannah Foslien

There have been a few minor-league signings over the last few days that have slipped through the cracks here at MLBDD, so we thought we'd get them to you now in one fell swoop.

Here's the news:

  • The Chicago White Sox signed former Yankees' right-hander Andrew Brackman to a minor-league deal yesterday, reports Matt Eddy of Baseball America. The 27-year-old was a first-round pick by New York in the 2007 draft but didn't make his professional debut until 2009 because he had to have Tommy John surgery almost immediately. A picture of good health since the operation, nevertheless Brackman has been unable to put up decent numbers in his four seasons of minor-league ball, amassing a 5.36 ERA and 5.1 BB/9 in just over 400 innings.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates inked right-hander Kyle Waldrop to a minor-league deal on Tuesday, according to Waldrop, 27, made brief appearances in the Minnesota Twins' bullpen over the last two seasons, posting a 3.62 ERA and an even K/BB ratio in 32⅓ innings. Drafted in 2004 as a starting pitcher, Waldrop has been working exclusively out of the bullpen since 2009, where his pitch-to-contact game has had a bit more success.
  • The Boston Red Sox signed former Phillies' right-hander JD Durbin to a minor-league deal on Monday, reports Burt Wilson of Lancaster Online. The 30-year-old has not appeared in the big leagues since 2007 and has played in Japan, Mexico, and with an independent club in the three years since leaving affiliated baseball in 2009. Durbin posted a 4.47 ERA in 31 starts for the Lancaster Barnstormers over the last season-plus.
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