Jeff Sues outrighted to AAA

According to Rob Biertempfel via Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted relief pitching prospect Jeff Sues to AAA.  Sues can be assigned to AAA if he clears waivers.  Sues had an 8.5 K/9 and a 4.2 BB/9 in 78.2 innings in AA this year, with a 4.46 ERA.  In AAA he posted a 6.00 ERA in just 12 innings, with a 9.0 K/9 and a 6.0 BB/9.  Obviously his main problem this past year was a lack of control. It’s...

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Pirates sign Vinnie Chulk

The Pirates have signed Vinnie Chulk to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Rob Biertempfel via Twitter.  That makes five NRI’s the Pirates have going in to Spring Training. Chulk is a pretty good risk in my opinion.  He had a down year last year with Cleveland, posting a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings, but that was mostly luck as he had a 3.0 K/9 and a 7.5 BB/9 (no, I didn’t reverse...

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Adam Everett, Willie Eyre, Left Handed Relief, Waivers, Luis Cruz, Rule 5

A few Winter Meetings news and rumors: -Jennifer Langosch tweets that Luis Cruz was claimed off of waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.  That clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Pirates.  The 40-man roster/payroll projection is updated with the move (I’m leaving the space as a potential Rule 5 pick for now). -Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pirates are interested in shortstop Adam Everett.  Everett is like...

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Rule 5 Draft Trends

The Rule 5 draft saw a major change in 2006.  Before 2006, players were eligible for their third Rule 5 draft if they were signed at age 19 or higher, or their fourth Rule 5 draft if they were signed at age 18 or lower.  In 2006, MLB changed that rule to add an extra year in both cases, giving teams an extra year to develop their prospects without being forced to add them to the 40-man roster, or risk losing them in the Rule...

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Money, Money, Money

It seems like every conversation about the Pittsburgh Pirates these days involves the assumption that the Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting is rolling in the cheddar.  However, according to Frank Coonelly in the Post-Gazette article by Dejan Kovacevic today, the Pirates’ bottom line seems to be a little lactose intolerant. That brings up two things that always puzzled me.  First, I always thought lactose intolerant was...

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