The Pirates have agreed to terms with OF Ryan Church pending a physical later this week. Terms have not yet been disclosed.
Church is a better fit for this team than some other options. He is a nice fit as what should amount to a 4th outfielder. He is a good bat from the bench and holds a .316 average at PNC. His defense is good enough to be considered as a defensive replacement late in games.
A player like Church will not block Tabata from a call up, if he is ready, and allows an adequate replacement for Jones in right if Clement struggles at first.
Depending on the terms, some speculation has come out it may be a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, this could make minor changes to the 40 man roster. In all likelihood Bixler could be the man dropped from the 40 man roster.