Inside Pittsburgh Sports Pirates insider John Perrotto reports, Left-handers Sean Burnett and Donnie Veal and right-hander Craig Hansen were told Thursday morning that they would be part of the relief corps when the season opens next Monday at St. Louis.
The Pirates are down to one final decision in setting their roster. The team will choose between Jesse Chavez or Evan Meek, for the last spot in the bullpen.
Hansen and Burnett were out of options. Detroit and Florida were expressing interest in Burnett.
The Pirates have been active in trade talks but it appears a deal will not go down before Monday. Talks are at a stalemate with the Tampa Bay Rays about pitchers Jeff Niemann and Jason Hammel.