By Jason Shetler
First baseman/outfielder Jake Goebbert has signed with the Pirates on a minor league deal, and has been placed on the 40-man roster, this according to the Pirates Twitter account.
Goebbert was a 13th round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2009 MLB Draft. The 28-year-old was traded by the Astros to the Oakland Athletics in 2013. He was on the move again in 2014 to the San Diego Padres as part of the Kyle Blanks deal. Goebbert played in 51 games that year for the Padres, but posted just a .631 OPS. He spent all of 2015 playing for the Padres AAA affiliate El Paso where he posted the sixth best on base percentage in the Pacific Coast League at .392. Pirates GM Neal Huntington told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Goebbert will compete for a spot on the Pirates bench in Spring Training.