Jeff Passan is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a minor league deal with 30-year-old left-handed pitcher Chasen Shreve. He has a non-roster invite to Spring Training. The deal will pay him $1.5 M if he makes the big league roster. Multiple sources have confirmed the deal.
RP Chasen Shreve and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on a minor league deal that guarantees $1.5 million if he makes the big league roster, sources tell ESPN.
Shreve, 30, has a strong fastball/splitter combo. Had the highest whiff rate for any LHR with 25+ IP in 2020.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 7, 2021
Shreve has pitched in the majors since 2014, starting his career with the Atlanta Braves. He pitched for the New York Yankees (2015-18), St Louis Cardinals (2018-19) and 2020 New York Mets. This past season, he had a 3.96 ERA/3.99 FIP in 25 innings over 17 appearances, with a 34:12 SO/BB ratio and a 1.16 WHIP. In his career he has a 3.74 ERA/4.71 FIP in 228.2 innings over 235 appearances, with a 268:114 SO/BB ratio and a 1.35 WHIP. He has amazingly similar career stats versus left-handed and right-handed batters. Lefties have a .228/.328/.422 slash line, while righties have a .227/.315/.434 slash line, giving him a .001 difference in both average and OPS. Shreve has just a few days over five years of service time in the majors, so if he spends the entire season with the Pirates, he will be a free agent at the end of the year.