Pirates sign Cumpton, Hafner

The Pirates officially announced the signings of the following 2010 draft picks: Nick Kingham (4th round), Brandon Cumpton (9th round) and Ryan Hafner (17th round). The Kingham signing had previously been reported as a $480,000 signing bonus. Jim Callis of Baseball America tweets that Cumpton signed for $124,500.

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Pirates fire Kerrigan, Varsho

The Pirates fired pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho this morning. Ray Searage will replace Kerrigan and Jeff Banister will replace Varsho.

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Doumit returns from DL

The Pirates activated Ryan Doumit from the disabled list today. Erik Kratz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for him on the roster.

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Thomas optioned to Indy

The Pirates optioned reliever Justin Thomas to Triple-A today to make room for Chan Ho Park.

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Defending the Chan Ho Park addition

Over the past couple weeks, the Pirates unloaded four veteran relievers who had helped contribute to a solid bullpen in 2010. Yesterday, in an attempt to solidify the disrupted pen, the Bucs claimed Chris Resop and Chan Ho Park off waivers. The Resop addition was applauded, but critics have scoffed at the decision to bring in Park. I have spent parts of the morning wondering why.

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