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Pirates Sign Hyzdu, Three Others

December 7, 1999

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Outfielder Adam Hyzdu, who had 24 homers and 78 RBIs in 96 games last season for Double-A Altoona, was one of four minor league free agents signed Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hyzdu began the season with Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket farm club, batting .229 with one homer and six RBIs in 12 games. After signing a minor-league contract with Pittsburgh, Hyzdu, 28, spent most of the season at Altoona before finishing at Triple-A Nashville, hitting .250 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 14 games.

Hyzdu was the San Francisco Giants’ first-round draft pick in 1990.

The Pirates also signed infielder Jason Wood, right-hander Jose Lopez, outfielder Daren Hooper and sold the contract of right-handed reliever Greg Hansell to the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese League.

Wood hit .159 with one homer and eight RBIs in 27 games with Detroit before spending most of the season in the minors. He also played for Oakland in 1998.

Hansell was 1-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 33 games with Pittsburgh.

The Pirates released from their minor-league system left-hander Michael Chaney, right-handers Mario Cordoba, Danny Crawford and Manuel Helena, catchers David Diaz, Jose Sanchez and Alvaro Zambrano, third baseman Victor Araujo, shortstop Digno Delarosa and outfielders Santos Cortez, Mo Douglas, Juan Hernandez and Alvin Hidalgo.

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