Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Rule 5 Eligible Players

While the Rule 5 draft doesn’t take place until December, when Winter Meetings are being held in Nashville, Tennessee during the 3rd through the 6th, General Manager Neal Huntington and his front office staff have already begun their process of evaluating the talent. That process, Huntington said, starts back in Spring Training and continues throughout the season. Those first time eligible and re-eligible’s are evaluated...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

The Pirates are going to have an interesting arbitration class this offseason. Several players — Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Neil Walker — could all stand to get pretty heavy pay raises, while pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, both third time eligible, could serve as off-season trade chips. The Pirates also have an option on veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who which could be exercised to return as their backup....

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett and McCutchen Finish With Ovations

A.J. Burnett didn’t have his best stuff in the final game of the 2012 season on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the home crowd from giving him a standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the two-run sixth inning. The frame was highlighted with a pinch-hit single to leadoff the inning from veteran Chipper Jones in his last regular season at-bat before hanging up his cleats after the postseason. Jones would come...

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Pirates Hitting Coach Gregg Ritchie Will Not Return in 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — According to a source, Pirates hitting coach Gregg Ritchie will not return to Pittsburgh’s staff for the 2013 season. The Pirates enter game action with a team .243 average. Ritchie has been hired as a head coach at his Alma mater George Washington University. Ritchie was not fired, according to the source, but made the decision to coach his Alma mater. The Pirates agreed to let him accept the position....

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Pirates Notebook: Correia’s Final Start as a Bucco?

Kevin Correia walked off the mound with two-outs in the seventh inning to a warm applause from the home crowd at PNC Park. The right-hander held the postseason bound Atlanta Braves to just one run in what is likely his final start as a Pittsburgh Pirate. “I don’t think about any contract stuff or where I’m going to be at until after my last start,” Correia said after picking up the win. “It really doesn’t even...

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