Pirates Signal Christian Bethancourt To Minors Contract

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The Pirates have signed catcher Christian Bethancourt to a minor league deal, in keeping with Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette (Twitter hyperlink).  Bethancourt will report back to Pittsburgh’s Triple-A affiliate for the start of the minor league season.
From 2013-17, Bethancourt hit .222/.252/.316 over 489 plate appearances with the Braves and Padres, primarily enjoying catcher but additionally getting a while as a nook outfielder, second baseman, and at the same time as a pitcher over six reduction appearances.  (He additionally performed some first base within the minors.)  Bethancourt continues to be on the lookout for a return journey to the majors, having performed with the Brewers’ Triple-A group in 2018, the KBO League’s NC Dinos in 2019, and he has additionally inked minor league contracts with the Phillies in every of the final two offseasons however didn’t see any official enjoying time with Philadelphia.
Bethancourt will possible be deployed as catching depth, becoming a member of Andrew Susac and Joe Hudson as MLB-experienced backstops in Pittsburgh’s farm system.  Jacob Stallings and Michael Perez are the Pirates’ prime two catchers on the massive league degree, and because the Bucs are nonetheless within the midst of a rebuild, it wouldn’t be a shock if Stallings (at the moment hitting a cool .246/.388/.400 in 80 PA) was moved earlier than the July commerce deadline.  This might open the door for Bethancourt or one of many different catchers to be bumped as much as the energetic roster.

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