Scott Olsen came to the Washington Nationals with some promise after decent season with the Florida Marlins. But after a disastrous 2010 season, Olsen will be moving on to another team. The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement with Olsen, according to MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch. Olsen will receive a one-year, incentive-laden contract, according to the report.
The Pirates have tentatively agreed to a one-year, incentive-laden agreement with left-hander Scott Olsen, according to industry sources. The deal is contingent on Olsen passing a physical, which is expected to happen later this week.
An official announcement could come as early as Friday.
Reached by phone on Monday, Olsen's agent, Matt Sosnick, would not confirm that a deal had been reached.
Olsen was on the disabled list twice this season with shoulder issues, then was very bad once he returned. He was demoted to the bullpen, which he didn't appreciate, and wasn't much better there. The Pirates are in need of starting pitching and signing Olsen is a low-risk move for them. However, the fact that the Nationals, a team starved for pitching themselves, didn't need him should speak volumes about his ability right now.