Pirates Outright Chase d’Arnaud, John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez
Nov03

Pirates Outright Chase d’Arnaud, John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that infielder Chase d’Arnaud and pitchers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez have all been outrighted and all three are now minor league free agents. Both Axford and Gomez were designated for assignment last week to make room for Justin Sellers and Charlie Morton, who needed to be activated from the 60-day disabled list. Chase d’Arnaud was still on the 40-man roster, which was full before...

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Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia
Nov03

Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia

In the Dominican, Willy Garcia went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and he drove in two runs. He played center field and made his first start since last Sunday. Garcia is 11-for-28 with three walks and four strikeouts. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an outfield assist. He is now hitting .229 through 13 games. In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got his first at-bats since October 23rd. He went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a walk, plus he...

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First Pitch: Pirates Need to Make Two Qualifying Offers Today
Nov03

First Pitch: Pirates Need to Make Two Qualifying Offers Today

Today is the final day for teams to re-sign their departing free agents, as well as the deadline for teams to extend a qualifying offer. I don’t expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to re-sign anyone today, although the qualifying offers will be significant news. There are two players who easily deserve qualifying offers, if only to get the Pirates some sort of compensation when/if they sign elsewhere. The easiest decision lies with...

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Good News on Alen Hanson’s Injured Hand
Nov02

Good News on Alen Hanson’s Injured Hand

After a report out of the Dominican said that Alen Hanson would undergo surgery in the United States for his injured right hand, Hanson’s agent took to Twitter with an update that had much better news. Hanson’s injury won’t require surgery and he will miss “at least three weeks”. From the sound of it, that means he will return to play winter ball this year. The injury occurred last Sunday when Hanson was...

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Two More Reclamation Projects Hit the Free Agent Market
Nov02

Two More Reclamation Projects Hit the Free Agent Market

Last week I looked at a group of potential reclamation projects on the starting pitching market. I didn’t include players who had option years, since it wasn’t known at the time whether those options would be executed or not. Several of those decisions were made this weekend, providing two more potential reclamation projects on the open market. The first guy who caught my attention was Brandon Morrow. The Blue Jays...

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Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year
Nov02

Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year

On Friday night, Moises Alou announced that Gregory Polanco will play winter ball this upcoming season, joining Leones del Escogido in early December. Alou is the general manager of the Leones club and also mentioned that a decision hasn’t be made yet on Starling Marte. Polanco was the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the Dominican Winter League last year. Saturday was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates players in...

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