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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Luis Cruz placed on waivers

According to Jennifer Langosch, Luis Cruz has been placed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The move would create space on the 40-man roster for a Rule 5 selection.  Teams have until Tuesday, December 8th at 5:00 PM to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for a Rule 5 pick.  Once Cruz clears through the waiver process (or gets claimed by another team) a space will be open. This also gives an early indication of what...

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Pirates interested in Nady, Crosby, Villone, and Hensley

A few updates from Dejan Kovacevic over at the PBC Blog from the last two days: -The Pirates have expressed interest in former Pirates Xavier Nady and Ron Villone.  DK mentions that the team is just contacting these players to let them know they’d be interested if they’re available closer to Spring Training.  Nady would be a good buy low option at this point for first base and right field.  He’s coming...

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