The Pirates officially signed shortstop Clint Barmes and right-hander Edinson Volquez, both free agents, to one-year deals Friday night.
Barmes will get $2 million in 2014 but could make up to $1 million more in incentives. Volquez will make $5 million next season.
To create room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Jerry Sands and right-hander Ryan Reid were designated for assignment.
Sands was acquired one year ago as part of the Joel Hanrahan trade with the Boston Red Sox, but he became expendable after batting .207/.311/.329 with Triple-A Indianapolis.
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