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Pirates Sign Paul Mildren, Erik Kratz

To minor league deals. Paul Mildren, a reliever, used to be a pretty good starting pitching prospect in the Marlins' system, but he's struggled pretty badly the past two years and isn't likely to reclaim much of his former promise. I think he might be the first Australian in the Pirates' system since Brett Roneberg, though. (UPDATE: Oops--Endless Mike points out that I forgot Josh Hill.) Erik Kratz should be an organizational catcher--he'll probably hit some bombs for Altoona, but won't come anywhere near the majors.