Pirates Make Francisco Liriano Deal Official
Dec12

Pirates Make Francisco Liriano Deal Official

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the three-year contract for Francisco Liriano. The deal was agreed to three days ago and was just waiting on the physical. The 40-man roster is now full. The deal worth $39 M is the largest free agent deal in team history and will keep Liriano around through the 2017 season. The breakdown for yearly salary hasn’t been announced yet. We will post an update when it’s...

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Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Makes Debut in Australia, Julio Vivas Impressing in Venezuela
Dec12

Winter Leagues: Sam Kennelly Makes Debut in Australia, Julio Vivas Impressing in Venezuela

In Australia on Friday, Sam Kennelly made his season debut and went 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in the eighth inning. He played second base and handled all three chances in the field cleanly. Kennelly signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 for $225,000 and at 18 years old, he is one of the youngest players in the Australian Baseball League. What stands out about that is that this is his third year playing in the league....

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Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Homers, Alen Hanson Takes Batting Practice
Dec11

Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Homers, Alen Hanson Takes Batting Practice

The biggest news from winter ball happened in Bradenton, where Alen Hanson took batting practice and looked good as he recovers from a hand injury suffered during a game back in late October. Hanson was hit by a pitch on his right hand and immediately removed from a game six weeks ago. He needed to come back to Pittsburgh for an evaluation and while nothing was broken, Wednesday was the first real good test of the hand. If all goes...

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AFL Names Joely Rodriguez to 2014 Prospect Team
Dec10

AFL Names Joely Rodriguez to 2014 Prospect Team

The Arizona Fall League announced the 2014 Top Prospect team and lefty Joely Rodriguez was named as one of two starting pitchers on the squad. He was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player on the team, which consisted of two players from each position and four pitchers(two starters, two relievers). It’s a nice honor for Rodriguez because the voting is done by the coaches and the managers in the league and it’s not just based...

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Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Sent Home From Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around
Dec10

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Sent Home From Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around

Monday was a very slow day for winter league action. There were only two games on the schedule and one Pittsburgh Pirates player saw action. There was big news however from the Dominican. Tony Sanchez was sent home due to poor performance. That isn’t surprising as he was hitting .100, having issues on defense, and in his last game, he batted ninth and was pinch-hit for in the seventh inning. While we consider winter leagues as...

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