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MLB Hot Stove: Pirates To Sign Pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes

Free agent starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes has agreed to a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates according to Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com.

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The 27-year old lefty was recently non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles, who picked up up midseason in 2011 off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

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A five-year veteran, Reyes broke into the big leagues in 2007 with the Atlanta Braves and has posted a career 6.05 ERA in five seasons. Last year, split between the Blue Jays and Orioles, he went 7-11 with a 5.57 ERA and 87 strikeouts.

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Langosch said the terms of his deal with the Pirates are not yet known.

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Reyes will likely compete for a spot in the back end of the Pirates rotation or a bullpen job. With Charlie Morton's status still up in the air, there's a chance he could break camp with the big club if he performs well in spring training, which some peripheral numbers suggest he has a chance to do, despite his inflated ERA numbers.

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For more on the Reyes signing, check out Bucs Dugout, SB Nation's Pirates blog.

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