Ryota Igarashi To Sign With Pirates

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Ryota Igarashi #18 of the New York Mets reacts as he walks back to the dugout after being taken out of the game after loading the bases in the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

The Pirates will sign reliever Ryota Igarashi to a minor-league deal. Igarashi threw hard and walked way too many batters for the Mets in the last two seasons. He'll be 33 early in the season. He's a righty, so it's hard to imagine he'll break camp with the team - I would imagine he'd be behind Chris Leroux and Jared Hughes, and neither of those guys are guaranteed spots, due to the Pirates' depth in righty relievers. But we may see Igarashi in Pittsburgh at some point.

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