Comments on: Pirates Sign Brad Hawpe, Invite Cole and Taillon to Spring Training Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:14:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: joe g. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:51:00 +0000 Tim, any idea what the rationale is for signing this guy given the the number of corner outfielders/ first basemen we have?

By: John Dreker Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:46:32 +0000 They seem to be stockpiling guys for the RF/1B job. If everyone remains, the Spring AB’s are going to be hard to come by for all these guys. Look at the list for those two spots, counting the obvious ones that will make the Opening Day roster:

Only Curry doesn’t have a ST invite, but he could/should still be added. Hawpe may be a favor to Clint Hurdle, give him a ST look, but also he gets a look from 29 other teams. There are other OF’ers in ST too already, Felix Pie, Darren Ford and obviously Cutch/Marte