Bobby Crosby, Justin Duchscherer, Aroldis Chapman, Pitcher Values

Not much to talk about from day two of the Winter Meetings, but a few notes have come out today.  For the most part, it’s non-news for the Pirates: -Jennifer Langosch reports that Bobby Crosby is at or near the top of the priority list for the Pirates right now.  The Pirates have been looking for a player to push Ronny Cedeno defensively, and with Adam Everett off the board, the pursuit of Crosby has heated up....

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Winter Meetings Notebook: A Quiet First Day

Is it just me, or does it seem like day one of the MLB Winter Meetings was the calm before the storm for the Pittsburgh Pirates? I don’t think the Pirates are going to light the world on fire and sign a few top free agents, or make some blockbuster trade, but it certainly looks like we could see some moves in the next few days.  Consider the following events: -The Pirates need one spot cleared on the 40-man roster by today,...

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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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