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Pirates Moves: Grilli, Ciriaco, Harrison, Meek

Harrison has been optioned to AAA.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced a lot of expected moves:

-The team officially announced that they have signed relief pitcher Jason Grilli.  It was mentioned yesterday that they had acquired him after he was released by Philadelphia.  Philadelphia released him due to a clause in his contract that stated they had to either release him or promote him if another team wanted to offer him a major league contract.

-Evan Meek has been transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, to make room for Grilli.

-The Pirates have optioned Josh Harrison and Pedro Ciriaco to AAA.  The team will announce corresponding roster moves tomorrow.  Those moves will likely be the return of Ronny Cedeno and Steve Pearce from the disabled list.

-The Pirates currently have a full 40-man roster, and one spot open on the 25-man roster.  They will have to create a spot for Cedeno and Pearce tomorrow.  That will likely come from the bullpen, as the current pen has eight relievers.  The only relievers with options are Daniel McCutchen, Tony Watson, and Chris Leroux.

The 25-man roster and the 40-man roster have been updated.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELCL3KCDU5CL5W3ON2YPYKZJSA ScottT

    I think Leroux will be the odd man out even though I’m not sure Grilli is an upgrade over him. I think Leroux has looked good in the limited time he’s been used. I doubt it will be Watson, as it doesn’t make sense to me to leave Biemel as the only LH in the pen.

    The more intersting move will be if/when Alvarez comes back. Who’s the odd man out then? DFA Overbay? DFA Wood? send d’Arnaud back to AAA? Do they get rid of an OF instead, DFA Diaz? DFA Paul?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVAKXR37WWO6OKYOEJUCYA45M4 jonathan

      it will be optioning d’arnaud down… why lose someone when someone has options

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J773D2N5D635MNWTX5VC3AKT6E Bill

    Still stunned that it was Harrison and not Chase going down. Is NH the only one who thinks he isn’t overmatched.

    http://buccobillblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/10-pirates-who-may-not-be-on-aug-1.html

    • Anonymous

      I think d’Arnaud goes back to AAA if Pedro is brought back. Otherwise, he’ll split ab’s with Wood at 3rd.

  • Anonymous

    why is Wood still on the team??? …just another Andy LaRoche

  • Anonymous

    why is Brandon Wood still on the team??? ….just another Andy LaRoche.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3G6S3MLR7RKSHPBY62TA5KKR4A michael

      No; better OPS and power than LaRoche;

    • Anonymous

      If we had a competent Pedro Alvarez at 3rd, Wood would be a very nice bench player because he can play all 4 infield positions, is a good fielder, and definitely has some (albeit inconsistent) pop in his bat.  That’s why he’s on the team, and probably will be all season.

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