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Pirates sign Eric O'Flaherty, Cory Luebke to minor-league deals

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The pair of southpaws will be the latest reclamation projects for Pittsburgh.

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The Pirates have agreed to a minor-league deals with left-handers Eric O'Flaherty and Cory Luebke, according to reports. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports was first to report the O'Flaherty signing.

Pittsburgh currently has Tony Watson and Kyle Lobstein as left-handed bullpen options, so the additions of O'Flaherty and Luebke will create additional competition in free agency. Many lefties are available on minor-league deals at this stage of the offseason, and will likely sign in the near future.

O'Flaherty, 31, was recently said to be choosing between four teams, signaling that he received significant interest on the free-agent market this winter. He spent 2015 between the Athletics and Mets, posting a rough 8.10 ERA in that span after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

O'Flaherty is the owner of a lifetime 3.24 ERA in a 10-year career with the Mariners (2006-08), Braves (2009-13), Athletics (2014-15) and Mets (2015).

Luebke, 30, has spent his entire major-league career with the Padres, appearing in 55 games (25 starts) from 2010-2012. He has missed the last three seasons due to a pair of Tommy John surgeries, but may be ready to return in 2015 after drawing interest from many clubs, including the Blue Jays, this winter.