The Pittsburgh Pirates have non-tendered four players prior to the non-tender deadline, letting go of Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donald Veal, and Brian Burres. Milledge was the only one of the group of four who was arbitration eligible, becoming eligible for the first time this year.
The non-tender of Milledge is a bit of a surprise, as he had some strengths, despite a sub-par 2010 season. Milledge had a .277/.332/.380 line in 379 at-bats, while struggling on defense. He did have strong numbers against left handers, with a .320/.414/.512 line in 125 at-bats, making him a strong platoon possibility. The Pirates do have an alternative in Steve Pearce for that same platoon role, so the Milledge non-tender could help Pearce's chances of making the roster.
Diaz was out of options, and was also expendable. The Pirates agreed to a deal with Ronny Cedeno earlier this evening, a deal which includes a 2012 option. They also have Pedro Ciria...
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