Pirates Sign Garrett Atkins

The Pirates made a number of minor transactions today. First, they signed former Rockies and Orioles infielder Garrett Atkins to a minor-league deal. Atkins has been steadily declining since 2006 and didn't hit at all last year, but he was a good player for the Rockies in his prime, and he's still only 31, so there's no real harm in signing him to a minor-league deal and hoping to get the Indian summer of his career.

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The Pirates also claimed pitcher Aaron Thompson and designated Wilfredo Ledezma for assignment. This is disappointing, because Thompson isn't terribly interesting and Ledezma, who added velocity last year and mowed down Class AAA hitters, still possesses some upside as a lefty reliever.

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Finally, the Pirates acquired Corey Wimberly in a minor trade with the Athletics. The chances of Wimberly reaching the bigs are remote, but it's hard not to root for him.

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