Mears' contract was selected by the Pirates on Saturday.

Mears was a non-roster invitee during camp this year, and he'll now join the major-league pitching staff for the first time after Miguel Del Pozo was optioned to the alternate training site Saturday. Over 34 appearances in the minors in 2019, the right-hander posted a 3.28 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Although he's produced in the minor leagues, he'll likely pitch in lower-leverage situations for Pittsburgh.