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Ryota Igarashi To Sign With Pirates

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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.