Pirates Sign Dan Meyer

The Pirates have signed Meyer to a minor league deal.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed reliever Dan Meyer to a minor league contract, Pirates Prospects has learned.  Meyer, a former first round pick from the 2002 draft, was recently released by the Philadelphia Phillies, after failing to make the team as a non-roster invitee.

Meyer has pitched 113.2 innings in the majors, with a 5.46 ERA, spending most of his time with the Oakland Athletics and the Florida Marlins.  The 29 year old left hander hasn’t been a LOOGY option, with an .816 OPS against left handers, compared to a .788 OPS against right handers.  His best year came in 2009, when he posted a 3.09 ERA in 58.1 innings.  During that season he had a .674 OPS vs left handers, and a .605 OPS against right handers.

Meyer will serve as AAA depth, pitching out of the Indianapolis bullpen.  Last year at the AAA level he had a 3.38 ERA in 40 innings, with a 6.1 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 ratio.  Meyer was once a key piece in the Tim Hudson trade between Oakland and Atlanta, with a 90-93 MPH fastball, and a chance to be a starter, although he never made the successful jump to the majors.



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