Two bits of news today. The first is expected and boring but necessary; Ryan Church passed his physical and so his signing (one year, $1.5 million plus a bunch of plate appearance based incentives) is official. Church has had his share of health problems in recent years (notably a pretty serious concussion) that have affected his production, so it's important that he's healthy (quick update: FanGraphs has a favorable take on the signing for all the reasons that I like it, plus noting that he probably still has a year of arbitration eligibility left).

The second bit of news is more fun, because it lets us do some speculating. DK's report from minicamp says that the Pirates are closing in on deals with three relievers; Octavio Dotel, DJ Carrasco, and a mystery third reliever. They sound...

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