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Source: Pirates, J.T. Brubaker agree to deal, avoiding arbitration

J.T. Brubaker agrees to deal to avoid arbitration.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and J.T. Brubaker agree to a one-year deal worth $2.275 million to avoid arbitration, per sources.

This shouldn’t come across as big news to anyone, any other outcome here would have been a surprise.

Brubaker was injured in 2023 spring training and was placed on the 15-day IL on March 30 and was quickly transferred to the 60-IL on April 2 before having Tommy John surgery on April 12.

Brubaker is expected to return to action as early as midseason, but likely won’t immediately resume a starter’s workload. He was the opening day starter in 2022 and in 28 starts carried an ERA of 4.69 across 144 innings pitched.