Pirates bring back Jeff Karstens

by Matthew on January 14, 2013

After non-tendering Jeff Karstens in late November, the Pittsburgh Pirates have avoided arbitration with the right-hander by signing him to a one-year major league contract. The deal, pending a physical, is believed to be worth $2.5 million says Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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It’s a bit of a surprise to see him back, as the 30-year-old is a bit banged up, missing time with shoulder, groin and hip injuries in 2012.

Limited by injuries last season, Karstens went 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA. Still, when healthy, he posted a 3.97 ERA in 90 2/3 innings, mostly as a starter.

Karstens earned $3.1M in 2012, and likely would have earned a raise through the arbitration process, so this is a good value for the Pirates who be expecting him to compete for one of two remaining starting spots in the Pirates’ rotation.

Originally acquired from the New York Yankees in a deal that sent Xavier Nady and Domaso Marte to the Bronx, Karstens is 23-35 with a 4.31 ERA in five seasons with Pittsburgh.

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