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12/22/2008 2:59 PM ET
Pirates announce 2009 non-roster invitees
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms with the following players on Minor League contracts with an invitation to Spring Training.

Denny Bautista (RHP) -- Posted a 4-4 record, 44 strikeouts and a 5.22 ERA in 51 combined games between Detroit and Pittsburgh in 2008. Went 4-3 in 35 games after being acquired by the Pirates from Detroit on June 25.

Chris Bootcheck (RHP) -- Spent the entire 2008 season in the Angels organization. Began the year on the disabled list before making 10 relief appearances for the Angels. Also posted a 2.86 ERA in 19 relief appearances with Triple-A Salt Lake. Was originally selected by Anaheim in the first round of the 2000 First--Year Player Draft (20th pick overall).

Garrett Jones (INF) -- Spent the entire season with Triple-A Rochester, where he hit .279 with 33 doubles, 23 home runs and 92 RBI in 138 games. Led the International League in games and total bases (255). Also tied for third in the league in doubles and tied for second in extra base hits (59).

Juan Mateo (RHP) -- Went a combined 8--1 with five saves and a 3.66 ERA in 38 games between Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee and Altoona in 2008. Was originally signed by the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on July 3, 2001. Has posted a career record of 1-3 in 11 games (10 starts) in the big leagues.

Andy Phillips (INF) -- Hit a combined .231 with 18 doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI in 56 games between Cincinnati and the New York Mets in 2008. Was originally selected by the Yankees in the seventh round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. Spent parts of four seasons with the Yankees from 2004-07 and has a career average of .250 with 25 doubles, 14 home runs and 70 RBI in 259 games.

Jeff Salazar (OF) -- Hit .211 with five doubles, three triples, two home runs and 12 RBI in 90 games last year with Arizona. Tied for 13th among National League players with 10 pinch hits in 2008 and has a career average of .291 as a pinch hitter. Has not made an error in his first 147 games in the big leagues.
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