Pirates made a mistake letting Capps go

All through the week it seemed to be a given that the Pittsburgh Pirates would tender a contract to all of their arbitration eligible players.  Those players were Ronny Cedeno, who will compete for the starting shortstop position, Zach Duke, one of the top starters from 2009, and Matt Capps, their closer from the last few years. Today the Pirates made a shocking move by non-tendering Matt Capps, making Capps a free agent....

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Pirates sign Ronny Cedeno

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Ronny Cedeno for $1.125 M for the 2010 season, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Cedeno was entering his second year of arbitration, and accepted the $1.125 M to settle his arbitration price.  Cedeno made $822,500 in 2009, his first year of arbitration. Cedeno is making $125,000 more than Bobby Crosby, who the Pirates signed this week to compete with Cedeno for...

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Wrapping up the Winter Meetings

The 2009 MLB Winter Meetings are over, after a pretty uneventful week for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates made a few moves, but for the most part these moves were an addition to their bench, or depth in the minors.  It’s starting to look like we should believe Neal Huntington and John Russell when they suggest that this could be the team that goes to Spring Training. Not that this is a bad thing.  Take a look...

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Pirates take John Raynor in the Rule 5 draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected outfielder John Raynor with the second pick in the 2009 Rule 5 draft.  Under the terms of the Rule 5 draft, Raynor must remain on the Pirates’ 25-man roster the entire 2010 season, or be offered back to the Florida Marlins, the team from which he was drafted.  The Pirates could attempt to work out a deal with Florida to keep Raynor, but that assumes that Raynor passes through waivers and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2009 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

I’ll be using this thread leading up to, and throughout, the Rule 5 draft in order to provide the most recent rumors on who the Pirates may take, as well as who the Pirates could lose.  Once the draft begins, I’ll update the thread with any results that pertain to the Pirates’ organization.  Keep checking back.  The 2009 Rule 5 draft begins at 9:00 AM. – 10:15 AM: It doesn’t look like the...

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