Pirates sign infielder Garrett Atkins
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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