Pirates sign Carrara to minor-league deal

Updated: December 29, 2005, 11:59 AM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Former Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Giovanni Carrara has signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The move reunites the right-hander -- at least in spring training -- with Pirates manager Jim Tracy, who also left the Dodgers after last season.

Carrara, an eight-year veteran, was 7-4 with a 3.93 earned run average and 56 strikeouts in 76 2-3 innings last season. Carrara was removed from the Dodgers' roster in October and assigned outright to AAA Las Vegas.

Carrara, who will be 38 in March, is 29-17 with a 4.70 ERA in 288 games with five major league clubs. He was 24-10 in four seasons with the Dodgers.

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