Pirates sign infielder Garrett Atkins

Updated: December 24, 2010, 2:27 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed minor league left-hander Aaron Thompson off waivers and designated left-hander Wil Ledezma for assignment to create a roster spot.

Thompson was left unprotected by the Washington Nationals, who acquired him from Florida for first baseman Nick Johnson in 2009. Thompson, who made 26 starts at Double-A Harrisburg last season, was a first-round pick by the Marlins in 2005.

The Pirates also signed infielder Garrett Atkins to a minor league contract and invited him to their major league spring training camp. Atkins played for the Rockies from 2003-09.

In a minor league trade, the Pirates acquired infielder-outfielder Corey Wimberley from Oakland for right-hander Ryan Kelly. Wimberley led the Pacific Coast League with 56 stolen bases while hitting .284 for Sacramento last season.


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