These 5 pitchers are now protected from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft. Crotta had been eligible for drafting a year ago but was not taken. The other four were going to be eligible for the first time this year. Duke, LaRoche, and Young are expected to become free agents.Other notes:OF Brandon Moss, who was also a free agent, and C Eric Kratz (minor league free agent) have both signed contracts with the Philadelphia Phillies, and both are expected to be invited to spring training.Minor league free agent C Hector Gimenez has signed with the Dodgers.LHP Justin Thomas, who was removed from the 40-man roster earlier, has signed a minor league contract for 2011. 2B Greg Picart has also signed for 2011. Others who were in the Pirates' organization in 2010 who are no...
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Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.