Taschner, Pirates agree on deal

Updated: December 23, 2009, 4:14 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed veteran left-handed reliever Jack Taschner to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 31-year-old Taschner, who had a 4.91 ERA in 24 appearances for the Phillies last season, would earn $835,000 if he makes the Pirates' Opening Day roster, and an additional $465,000 in incentives based on appearances.

Taschner is 9-5 with a 5.00 ERA in 202 appearances the last five seasons, spending the 2005-08 seasons with the San Francisco Giants.

Taschner is among six non-roster players invited to spring training by Pittsburgh. The Pirates are seeking relievers after non-tendering closer Matt Capps last week.

Jayson Stark is a senior MLB writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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