Pirates Add Polanco, Hanson, Rodriguez, and Sadler to the 40-Man
Nov20

Pirates Add Polanco, Hanson, Rodriguez, and Sadler to the 40-Man

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added three players so far to the 40-man roster, protecting them from the Rule 5 draft. So far they’ve added Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Joely Rodriguez. I heard about Polanco and Hanson this morning, although those two were obviously going to be added. Rodriguez was questionable, but his agent reported that he has been added. There could be more players joining this list. Normally the Pirates...

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Pirates Sign Five Minor League Free Agents
Nov20

Pirates Sign Five Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitchers Collin Balester, Jake Brigham, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney and Seth McClung to minor league contracts. Brigham, Jackson, and Kinney will be non-roster invitees for the Major League portion of Spring Training. Information on each player is below. Jake Brigham - He turns 26 in February, and hasn’t pitched in the majors yet. Brigham spent the 2013 season in the Rangers’...

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First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players
Nov20

First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players

Today is the day for teams to protect players for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Teams have until midnight to add players to the 40-man roster, or risk those players being exposed in the draft this December. The first time eligible players this year are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft.  The Pirates currently have four open spots on the 40-man roster. They could clear more spots if needed....

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Josh Johnson Signs With the Padres
Nov19

Josh Johnson Signs With the Padres

According to Jerry Crasnick, Josh Johnson has signed a one year, $8 M deal with the San Diego Padres. Pitcher Josh Johnson signs one-year, guaranteed $8M deal with #padres. http://t.co/v7ub77GhWs — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 20, 2013 Earlier today we heard that Johnson had the Pirates as one of 3-4 finalists, but that he preferred San Diego or San Francisco due to the proximity to his home in Las Vegas. The $8 M deal...

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Pirates Re-Acquire Duke Welker for Kris Johnson
Nov19

Pirates Re-Acquire Duke Welker for Kris Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired right-handed pitcher Duke Welker in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson, per a team press release. Welker was sent to the Twins after the season as a player to be named later in the deal that brought Justin Morneau to the Pirates. Johnson joined the Pirates in August as a reliever, after putting up some impressive numbers in Triple-A. The trade works well for both teams. Johnson might...

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First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Deal is Looking Great Right Now
Nov19

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Deal is Looking Great Right Now

Today the Philadelphia Phillies signed Carlos Ruiz to a three-year, $26 M deal with an option for a fourth season that comes with a $500 K buyout. The deal will pay Ruiz $8.5 M in each of the next three years, with the chance to earn an additional $500 K for 125 games caught. My immediate reaction to that deal? Russell Martin looks like a steal right now. The Pirates signed Martin to a two-year deal, paying him the same $8.5 M per...

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