Brad Lincoln is back where it all started, signing a minor-league deal with the Pirates nearly a decade after they made him the No. 4 overall pick.
Lincoln proved to be a bust as a starter prospect, but resurrected his career as a reliever and had a few nice years for the Pirates and Blue Jays. Traded to the Phillies last December, he spent nearly all of this season pitching at Triple-A as a starter and struggled.
Lincoln is 30 years old and getting knocked around by Triple-A hitters isn’t a good sign regardless of the role he was in, but he does have a 3.74 career ERA as a reliever and the price for the Pirates was certainly right.