Pirates Sign David Valesente

Matt Eddy of Baseball America, in his latest minor league transactions update, reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed David Valesente out of independent ball. Valesente hit for a .318/.407/.409 line in 154 at-bats last year, playing mostly third base. Valesente attended St. Joseph’s, where he graduated in 2010. He was never drafted, and this will be his first contract with a major league baseball team. He turns 24 years...

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Jones arbitration ruling expected Thursday

PITTSBURGH — First baseman Garrett Jones’ arbitration ruling is expected tomorrow, according to the Associated Press. Jones, 30, asked for $2.5 million in his first year of arbitration, the Pirates countered with $2.25 million. Jones made $455,500 during the 2011 season. The Pirates and Jones both stated their cases today in a salary arbitration hearing. The arbitrators will pick one of the two figures and the ruling is...

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The 2012 Annual Will Be Released Next Week

The Pirates Prospects 2012 Annual is expected to be released next week. The book is currently in the final proof and editing process, and should be published by the end of the weekend. The 2012 Annual takes a look at the major league team, with player profiles for every player on the 40-man roster, and every player invited to Spring Training. We are even prepared to include A.J. Burnett in the book, assuming a deal between the Yankees...

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A.J. Burnett Rumors: Wednesday

Kicking off today’s A.J. Burnett watch with an update of my own. Last night I wrote in my blog that the Pittsburgh Pirates shouldn’t cave to the New York Yankees, and instead should wait them out, hoping the Yankees budge on their demand to get more money or more prospects. My feeling was that it doesn’t make sense for the Pirates to rush to take a deal on Tuesday, paying $13 M to get the deal done early....

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Draft Prospect Trackers

In the past few years it has been easy to follow the potential draft prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were usually picking at the top of the draft, which meant the list of players to choose from was limited to the top three or four guys. Last year they were picking first overall, which made things easy for the draft trackers. The starting group of players that I followed was Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, and Matt Purke. Danny...

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