Winter Leagues 12/2 — Marte Continues Hitting, Homer For Milledge

Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Gigantes del Cibao  6,  Leones del Escogido  3 RF Starling Marte continued his happy return to the playing field after missing some time with muscle strain.  Today he went 2-for-4 with a double and a single.  That’s 5-for-15 in the past three games after going hitless in his first game back.  Marte was also hit by a pitch in Los...

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Pirates Checked on Mark DeRosa

The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of four teams who spoke with Mark DeRosa’s surgeon, according to Ken Rosenthal.  DeRosa has been sidelined for a good amount of time the last two years with a left wrist injury, which required two surgeries.  The Nationals, Rangers, and Indians have also spoken to DeRosa’s surgeon, and the Giants have expressed interest, according to Rosenthal. DeRosa hit for a .367/.439/.388 line in 57...

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International Updates: Cespedes, Chen, Wada

Rob Biertempfel has a few updates on some international free agents via Twitter: -He mentions that the Pirates have interest in Yoenis Cespedes, but that they will quickly back away if the bidding gets crazy. -The Pirates have interest in left handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Biertempfel.  This is the second time we’ve heard the team linked to Wada.  About a month ago Jon Heyman mentioned the Pirates as one...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 2

On this date in 1970, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals completed a six player trade with Bruce Dal Canton, Jerry May and Freddie Patek going to the Royals and Jim Campanis, Jackie Hernandez and Bob Johnson coming back to Pittsburgh. Campanis was a backup catcher who had trouble hitting major league pitching over five partial seasons, batting just .147 with nine RBIs in 107 games. Hernandez was a 30-year-old light...

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