RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Age: 38
Born: July 4, 1971
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 27th Round, 764th Overall, 1992
How Acquired: Free Agent
College: New Mexico Junior College
Agent: Dominic Torres, Beverly Hills Sports Council


Donnelly has been a solid reliever in his career, with a 2.88 ERA in 315.2 innings from 2002-2007, and very strong ratios with an 8.8 K/9, a 2.82 K/BB, and a 0.7 HR/9. He had Tommy John surgery in 2007, and struggled in his return to the majors in 2008, with an 8.56 ERA in 13.2 innings with Cleveland.

In 2009 he bounced between three teams, and eventually settled with the Florida Marlins. In 25.1 innings with the Marlins in the majors he put up a 1.78 ERA, with an 8.9 K/9, a 2.78 K/BB, and a 0.4 HR/9. Those numbers were similar to the 25.2 innings he put up at AAA with the Houston Astros, in which he posted a 1.75 ERA, with a 8.1 K/9, a 3.29 K/BB, and no homers.

Donnelly was seeking a major league contract in the 2009-2010 off-season, and the Pirates deciding to give him such a contract was the main reason they landed him following his 2009 success. If Donnelly can come close to his 2009 success in 2010, he will be a big key in strengthening the back of the Pirates’ bullpen.


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Current Contract:

1 year/$1.35 M

2010: $1,350,000

Other Details:

  • Can earn up to $1.65 M in performance bonuses based on appearances.
Previous Contracts:
Team Control Years

2002: League Minimum
2003: $325,000
2004: $375,000

Other Details:

  • $25,000 for All-Star Selection.

2005: $420,000
2006: $950,000
2007: $1,400,000

Other Details:

  • $25,000 each for 25, 30 Games Finished.

2008: $750,000

Other Details:

  • Roster Bonuses based on days on 25-man roster: $25,000 each for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 days; $50,000 each for 60, 70, 80, 90 days.

2009: $950,000

Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 1992
MLB Debut: 4/9/2002
MLB FA Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 1/20/2001
Options Remaining: 2* (USED: 2002)
MLB Service Time: 6.068

*Can’t be optioned to the minors without consent.


June 1, 1992: Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 27th round, 764th overall pick.
June 9, 1992: Signed by the Chicago White Sox to a minor league contract.
April 16, 1993: Released by the Chicago White Sox.
June 16, 1993: Signed by the Chicago Cubs as a free agent.
March 29, 1994: Released by the Chicago Cubs.
March 4, 1995: Signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent.
March 15, 1999: Signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent.
April 3, 1999: Released by the Cincinnati Reds.
May 15, 1999: Purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays from Nashua (Atlantic).
August 12, 1999: Released by the Tampa Bay Rays.
August 18, 1999: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent.
August 25, 1999: Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
August 26, 1999: Signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent.
July 28, 2000: Released by the Toronto Blue Jays.
August 10, 2000: Signed by the Chicago Cubs as a free agent.
January 20, 2001: Signed by the Anaheim Angels as a free agent.
December 15, 2006: Acquired by the Boston
Red Sox from the Anaheim Angels for Phil Seibel.
February 6, 2008: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent.
February 7, 2009: Signed by the Texas Rangers as a free agent.
March 26, 2009: Released by the Texas Rangers.
July 5, 2009: Signed by the Florida Marlins as a free agent.
January 18, 2010: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent.
July 25, 2010: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
July 29, 2010: Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.