Pirates Sign Five International Free Agents

According to MLB Trade Rumors, via Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed the following five international free agents: RHP Adolfo Flores RHP Juan Mendoza SS/2B/OF Edgard Munoz OF Anthony Claudi OF Keybel Escobar We’ve already seen a few of these guys in action this year, so the announcement is on a bit of a delay.  Munoz has played in six games, and is currently 5-for-17 with four stolen bases in seven attempts....

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Pirates Spent $5 M On International Bonuses in 2010

Today, Baseball America released the international spending figures from the 2010 season, as well as a look at the top 20 bonuses of all time.  The Pittsburgh Pirates finished fourth in the league in overall spending with $5.00 M spent on international bonuses in 2010.  Luis Heredia accounted for over half of that total, signing for $2.6 M.  However, the Pirates spent a combined $2.4 M on the other 30 players they signed. Heredia tied...

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Cesar Lopez Deal Confirmed

A month ago we learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates had signed Cuban pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600,000, thanks to a report from Ben Badler of Baseball America.  Today that signing was confirmed by Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald, via Twitter. MLB Trade Rumors has the following quote from Rene Gayo about Lopez: “Cesar is a very talented player with great character who we believe is a great addition to our organization,” Gayo said. “He has...

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Pirates Sign Cuban Pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600 K

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports on a signing from back in September that hasn’t been announced yet.  The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with Cuban right handed pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600,000 in September.  The deal is still pending the result of Lopez getting his visa. Badler mentions that Lopez is 20 years old, and is a sinker/slider pitcher who can run his fastball up in the low 90s.  The bonus is the second...

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Pirates Sign International Pitcher Leandro Rodriguez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed international right handed pitcher Leandro Rodriguez, according to the Dominican Prospect League website.  Rodriguez was signed out of the league for $80,000. Rodriguez is 17 years old, and according to the article, was trained by former major leaguer Denio Gonzalez.  The article mentions that he has a loose arm, and projects to be a player to watch. The Pirates have signed a few players out of the...

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Pirates Not Pursuing Elvis Sanchez

Today I was wondering why we haven’t heard any word on Dominican third baseman Elvis Sanchez.  Leading up to the start of the international signing period, Sanchez was named as one of the top prospects for the 2010 season, according to Baseball America.  Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated mentioned on May 26th that the Pirates were one of the teams with interest. There had been talk about several Dominican players failing a...

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