Would a new owner change anything?

Slightly overshadowing the big news yesterday that infielder Doug Bernier has been invited to Spring Training, today we found out that Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, co-owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins, made an unsolicited offer four months ago to buy the Pittsburgh Pirates from Bob Nutting, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Nutting, as usual, said the team is not for sale, and that no serious talks had taken place.  Sources on...

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Notes: Non-Roster Invitees, Bryce Harper, 2010 Draft

A few brief notes… -The Pirates added three more non-roster invitees to Spring Training today, according to Dejan Kovacevic. Those three players are shortstop Brian Friday, infielder Doug Bernier, and catcher Hector Gimenez.  None are really expected to compete for a roster spot, and only Friday has a future with the team.  The Spring Training tracker is updated with the additions. Bernier is new to the organization....

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Tim Alderson at Baseball America

Baseball America will be holding chats all day tomorrow for the release of their 2010 Prospect Handbook, which I highly recommend based off the previous editions (I will hopefully get my 2010 version tomorrow).  Pittsburgh Pirates’ prospect Tim Alderson will be chatting at 11:00 AM EST on their site.  You can go here to see the chat, and currently you can submit your questions...

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Top Prospects

UPDATE 10:01 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Baseball America ranks the Pirates as the 16th best farm system in their prospect handbook. – A lot of top prospect lists are coming out this week.  Here’s a look at some of the notable lists: -Keith Law has his top 100, ranking Pedro Alvarez 35th, Jose Tabata 57th, and Tony Sanchez 82nd.  Law has never been a fan of Alvarez.  Law also listed Brad Lincoln as one...

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Anthony Claggett and Steven Jackson clear waivers

According to Jennifer Langosch and Dejan Kovacevic, relief pitchers Steven Jackson and Anthony Claggett have both cleared waivers and have been outrighted to AAA.  Both pitchers will be non-roster invitees for Spring Training.  The Spring Training tracker has been updated to reflect this, with 62 players now expected to be in camp. Jackson and Claggett were designated for assignment last week to clear spot for new...

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