By Will Yoder
January 11, 2012

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed lefty reliever Doug Slaten to a minor league deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Slaten, limited most of the season due to an elbow injury, threw 16 1/3 innings for the Washington Nationals this year. He also tossed 10 1/3 innings for the club’s minor league affiliates. After earning $695K in 2011, Slaten was non-tendered by the Nationals last month.

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