Crotta signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. After a two-year stint with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, Crotta will return to the United States to join the Tigers organization. The veteran right-hander saw his ERA balloon to 6.59 in 2015 after posting a strong 2.62 mark in 2014.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first cuts of the spring and sent the following players to their minor-league camp: Chase d'Arnaud, Jeff Locke, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, Mike Crotta, Logan Kensing, Tony Sanchez, Ramon Cabrera, Robbie Grossman and Anderson Hernandez.
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