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Pirates Sign Craig Monroe

The Pirates have signed Craig Monroe to a minor-league deal. The Pirates' preference is for Steve Pearce to play at Indianapolis, so Monroe now has a pretty clear shot at making the team. Which would be unfortunate, because he can't hit at all. Monroe has never drawn many walks, and his ability to hit for contact has deserted him in the past few years too, so all he's left with is a bit of power. I'm not sure he's an upgrade on Jason Michaels, and that's saying something.