Winter Leagues: Ramirez Homers in Colombian League Finals
Jan19

Winter Leagues: Ramirez Homers in Colombian League Finals

The Dominican League finals start tomorrow night, with Escogido taking on Licey. They were originally scheduled to start tonight, but Licey finished tied with the Gigantes in the round robin tournament and they needed to play a one game playoff for the second spot in the finals last night. The loss by the Gigantes eliminated two Pirates players from the tournament, catcher Carlos Paulino and pitcher Elvin Ramirez. That leaves Gregory...

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Winter Leagues: Big Last Game For Rojas, Polanco Returns to Field
Jan18

Winter Leagues: Big Last Game For Rojas, Polanco Returns to Field

From Friday night in the Dominican, Gregory Polanco made just his second start since December 30th and it was his first start in the field since returning. Polanco was back in center field in Escogido’s 6-1 loss. He went 1-for-4 with a double and he drove in his team’s only run. Polanco hit .174 with three RBIs in the playoffs, but his team still advanced to the finals with an 11-7 record in the round robin tournament. The...

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Pirates and Neil Walker, Vin Mazzaro Avoid Arbitration
Jan17

Pirates and Neil Walker, Vin Mazzaro Avoid Arbitration

The Pittsburgh Pirates and second baseman Neil Walker will sign a one year deal for $5.75 M according to Rob Biertempfel, avoiding arbitration. They also signed reliever Vin Mazzaro for $950,000 according to Biertempfel. They have officially avoided arbitration with every eligible player now ahead of the deadline to exchange figures. Neil Walker was projected to make $4.8 M, while Vin Mazzaro was projected to be $800,000 for the 2014...

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Pedro Alvarez and Pirates Agree to Deal
Jan17

Pedro Alvarez and Pirates Agree to Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have avoided arbitration with third baseman Pedro Alvarez, signing him to a $4.25 M deal according to Joel Sherman. Alvarez was projected to make $4 M this upcoming season. They have now signed four of the six players that were arbitration eligible, agreeing with Mark Melancon and Gaby Sanchez earlier today and Travis Snider yesterday. Only Neil Walker and Vin Mazzaro remain. The deadline to exchange figures was...

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Pirates Avoid Arbitration With Mark Melancon
Jan17

Pirates Avoid Arbitration With Mark Melancon

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $2.595 M contract with reliever Mark Melancon according to Joel Sherman. He was projected to make $3 M for the 2014 season. That leaves the team with three players left to sign before the deadline or they will have to exchange arbitration figures with them. Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and Vin Mazzaro remain unsigned at this moment. Melancon went 1-2, 1.39 in 72 games for the Pirates in 2013. He...

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