Pirates cut three, Jaramillo and Ohlendorf win jobs
According to DK at the PBC Blog, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut Steve Pearce, Robinzon Diaz, and Anderson Machado. The Diaz move means that Jason Jaramillo is now a lock for the backup catcher job, something that has been confirmed by Neal Huntington. Check out the Spring Training Tracker and the 25 Man Roster Projection to see how the moves impact the Pirates, and who is left in camp fighting for a job.
Huntington also announced that Steve Pearce will be playing at first base in Indianapolis. Reading between the lines here, Adam LaRoche is a free agent next year, and this move is most likely an attempt to find a replacement for him. If Andy LaRoche or Neil Walker work out at third base this year, the Pirates could switch Pedro Alvarez to first base next season. However, if Walker and LaRoche flop, Pearce would be a good backup plan, assuming he finally learns how to hit for power in the majors.
In another announcement, Ross Ohlendorf has won a spot in the rotation, according to DK at the PBC Blog. No surprise here, as Ohlendorf has been one of the best pitchers for the Pirates this Spring, with a 0.59 ERA, 10 strikeouts, and no walks in 15.1 innings. In the same post, Paul Maholm was announced as the Opening Day starter.