Pittsburgh Pirates sign catcher Joe Hudson to minor league contract

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Joe Hudson to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

The Pirates announced the signing on Monday. The 29-year-old has appeared in 18 major league games for St. Louis, Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels.

Hudson is a career .167 hitter with one RBI in 30 career at-bats. He will be in the mix to compete for the backup job behind Jacob Stallings, a Gold Glove finalist in 2020.

Hudson was originally a sixth-round pick by Cincinnati in the 2012 first-year player draft.