Baseball America has released the list of the 2010 minor league free agents, with the following players declaring from the Pittsburgh Pirates' system:
Yung Chi Chen
Jose de los Santos
Jonathan Van Every
Kratz becomes eligible for minor league free agency.
No big surprises here, and the only loss seems to be Kratz. The Pirates avoided minor league free agency by re-signing Kratz last year. If re-signed, Kratz and Jason Jaramillo would both be in AAA to start the 2011 season, unless the Pirates managed to trade Ryan Doumit, at which point one of those two would become the backup catcher in the majors, with the other one serving as the third catcher and starter in AAA.
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