Pirates sign Octavio Dotel, DFA Anthony Claggett

UPDATE 3:16 PM: Kovacevic notes that Brendan Donnelly will be the primary set-up man.  That would make Hanrahan and Meek the middle relievers.  That makes for a strong bullpen, and a low pressure role for the two long term relievers.  Also in that link, Neal Huntington says the roster is pretty much set.  That makes sense.  Looking at the Spring Training tracker, you’ve got four spots still open....

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Pirates agree to deal with Octavio Dotel

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year deal with relief pitcher Octavio Dotel, with the deal also including a club option for the 2011 season.  The agreement is pending the results of a physical, which will take place tomorrow.  Dotel could be officially signed by tomorrow afternoon. Kovacevic reports that Dotel chose the Pirates over two other teams for the opportunity to close....

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Pirates designate Steven Jackson for assignment

To make room for Ryan Church, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Steven Jackson for assignment.  The 40-man roster is currently at 40 after these moves and the addition of Brandon Jones earlier today.  Another spot still needs to be cleared to make room for an Octavio Dotel signing, although a trade might be in the works to create that spot. The 2010 40-Man roster/payroll page is updated with this...

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Pirates and Zach Duke agree to $4.3 M contract

UPDATE 9:32 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Duke will make $4.3 M in 2010.  The 2010 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated.  It’s not a good estimate, as it accounts for Brendan Donnelly, Ryan Church, and Brandon Jones.  Since we don’t know which player of Donnelly and Church isn’t official yet, I didn’t want to remove one or the other.  Once a move is made to clear space, the 2010...

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A trade in the works?

Earlier today it was reported that the Pirates claimed outfielder Brandon Jones off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves.  Shortly after the move, Rob Biertempfel posted a comment on Twitter telling Pirates fans not to get too attached to Jones.  After the comment I speculated that Jones might have been a “claim and trade”, since only the Washington Nationals had a shot at Jones, and it’s likely that one of...

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