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Pirates sign C Morales to minor league deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Jose Morales to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Morales appeared in 22 games with the Colorado Rockies last season before suffering a broken right thumb that knocked him out for the remainder of the season.

The 28-year-old switch-hitter has seen action in 96 career games with the Minnesota Twins and Colorado, batting .289 with a .365 on-base percentage, 12 doubles and 21 RBI.