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Pirates Release Scott Olsen

Pirates Release Scott Olsen

Olsen has been released by the Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released left handed pitcher Scott Olsen, according to Colin Dunlap.  The move isn't really a surprise, as Olsen has been on the 60-day disabled list, and doesn't really have a spot on the team when he returns.

Olsen was signed on December 6th, the same day as Kevin Correia, to a one year, $450,000 deal.  The deal included an option for $4 M in 2012, with a $100,000 buyout.  I wasn't a fan of the move at the time, as Olsen had a history of attitude problems, off the field personal issues, and a bit of an ego.  We got a glimpse of that ego during Spring Training, when Olsen mentioned that he was brought in to start, and if the team wanted to use him as a reliever, there would have to be a conversation.  That might seem innocent enough, expect Olsen has a history of refusing bullpen assignments, and insisting on starting roles.  Add to all of this the fact that Olsen hasn't really been that good in the starting rol...

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