Matt Hague Designated For Assignment to Create Room for John Axford
Aug14

Matt Hague Designated For Assignment to Create Room for John Axford

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Matt Hague for assignment, creating room on the 40-man roster for today’s waiver claim of John Axford. Previously it was assumed that Stolmy Pimentel would be DFAd, as he was seen leaving Clint Hurdle’s office after the game. The Pirates will need to create a 25-man spot when Axford reports to the team. Rob Biertempfel says that Pimentel has been bothered by lower body soreness, and...

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Pirates Acquire John Axford
Aug14

Pirates Acquire John Axford

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired John Axford, per Ken Rosenthal. Source: #Pirates acquire John Axford. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 14, 2014 Axford has had some good surface numbers with the Cleveland Indians this year, posting a 3.92 ERA in 43.2 innings. He also has a 10.5 K/9 rate. However, he’s posting a 6.2 BB/9 rate and was demoted from the closer’s role earlier in the season. He’s making...

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Clint Barmes Starts a Rehab Assignment With Altoona
Aug14

Clint Barmes Starts a Rehab Assignment With Altoona

Clint Barmes will start a rehab assignment tonight with the Altoona Curve. Barmes was added to the roster today, per an Altoona press release. The pending return for Barmes is probably a welcome sight to those who don’t want to see Michael Martinez in a Pirates starting lineup. It also might be good timing, as Jordy Mercer left today’s game with no reason given. No word yet on how long the rehab process will be for Barmes....

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Only One More Vote Needed For a New MLB Commissioner
Aug14

Only One More Vote Needed For a New MLB Commissioner

The Major League Baseball owners are meeting today to vote on a new commissioner. The two remaining candidates are Rob Manfred and Tom Werner. I wrote about the two candidates the other day, and what each could mean for the future of baseball. A candidate needs 23 votes to be the commissioner. Anything shy of 23 votes leads to another vote. According to Jon Heyman, the vote has Manfred with 22, one shy of what is needed. Vote produced...

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Can JaCoby Jones Become a Starting Shortstop in the Majors?
Aug14

Can JaCoby Jones Become a Starting Shortstop in the Majors?

JaCoby Jones is having an impressive season at the plate in West Virginia. Last night he hit two homers, giving him 20 on the year. I pointed out how he is the first shortstop prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system to do this since 1996, when Chad Hermansen was playing the position and hit 24 homers. Obviously no one wants to ever hear a prospect┬ámentioned in the same sentence as Hermansen.┬áThen again, the Pirates had a...

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