Pirates add RHP Brandon Maurer, OF J.B. Shuck on minor-league deals |

Pirates add RHP Brandon Maurer, OF J.B. Shuck on minor-league deals

Chris Adamski
Miami Marlins left fielder J.B. Shuck (3) in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Brandon Maurer throws in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Pittsburgh Pirates added some depth to their pool of players competing for opening-day roster spots on Wednesday, signing pitcher Brandon Maurer and outfielder J.B. Shuck to minor-league deals.

Maurer, a 28-year-old righthander, has a 5.36 ERA over 289 career appearances with three teams over the past six seasons. Shuck, 31, has a .244 average over 434 games playing for five teams since 2011.

Last season, Maurer was 0-4 with a 7.76 ERA in 37 games for the Kansas City Royals. Shuck had a 1.92 average, .486 OPS and no home runs in 70 games for the Miami Marlins.

Both players were given invitations to major-league spring training.

The Pirates also announced the signing of righthander Vicente Campos to a minor-league deal. Campos, 24, has been part of four organizations – plus an independent league team – over eight minor-league seasons.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.