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Pirates sign MiL OF Antoan Richardson

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The Pirates have signed outfielder Antoan Richardson to a minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman.  Richardson is a speedy, defense-oriented player who, at age 32 now, has gotten only 20 at-bats in the majors, mostly with the Yankees in 2014.  In the minors, Richardson has a history of drawing boatloads of walks, leading to a .395 career OBP in 951 games.  His career slugging percentage is just .346.  He also has a history of stealing a lot of bases, but that may be impacted by back surgery that kept him out for most of the 2015 season.  In his last semi-full season, he put up a fairly typical, for him, line of 271/380/364 with the Yankees' AAA affiliate in 2014.

Most likely, Richardson will be the 2015 version of Gorkys Hernandez (who recently signed with the Giants), giving Indianapolis a good defensive outfielder.  How much he plays, though, may depend on how much time Keon Broxton sees with the Pirates.