Minor League deals:
-- LHP Donnie Veal returned to the Bucs today after being removed from the 40-man roster last month. The Pirates announced that he signed a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
-- The Yankees signed LHP Neal Cotts. The Pirates signed him as a minor-league free agent last year, but he never got into a game as he was recovering from TJ surgery performed in 2009. They also inked veteran farmhand Doug Bernier who spent 2010 at Indy as a utility player. Both were reported by Zach Links of Major League Trade Rumors.
-- Matt Eddy of Baseball America tweeted that RHP Jonah Bayliss, who spent 2006-07 traveling between Indy and Pittsburgh, was signed by Tampa Bay.
He also tweeted that the Oakland A's inked LHP Vinnie Chulk, who pitched at Indy in 2010 before moving on to the Japanese League Hiroshima Carp.
The busy Eddy added another tweet to announce Jonathan Van Every's contract with Washington. He was an OF with Indy last season.
-- Previous transactions: RHP Brian Bass & C Erik Kratz signed with the Phils and LHP Dana Eveland went to the Dodgers.