Pirates Sign Gorkys Hernandez and Deibinson Romero
Dec01

Pirates Sign Gorkys Hernandez and Deibinson Romero

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and third baseman Deibinson Romero to minor league contracts with invitations to Spring Training. Romero is 28 years old and spent the 2014 season in the Twins organization, where he hit .265/.364/.406 in 123 games for AAA Rochester. He has spent nine seasons in the Twins system and hasn’t made the Majors yet. He plays almost exclusively at third base, seeing some...

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Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez, DFA Gaby Sanchez
Dec01

Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez, DFA Gaby Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired second baseman Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40 man roster, the Pirates have designated Gaby Sanchez for assignment. Rodriguez is coming off a year where he posted a .701 OPS. That is in line with his previous numbers, although his average and OBP both dropped from where they were in 2013, while his...

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Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Sebastian Valle, Willy Garcia Homers
Dec01

Winter Leagues: Grand Slam From Sebastian Valle, Willy Garcia Homers

In the Dominican on Saturday night, Willy Garcia went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping his average down to .236 through 26 games. He did have two highlights in the game. He drew his first walk in over three weeks and he picked up his second straight outfield assist in a big spot. Garcia threw out Gustavo Nunez at second base in the sixth inning with his team up 2-0. Garcia had just switched from center to left field that inning. He...

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Tyler Glasnow News and Links
Nov30

Tyler Glasnow News and Links

It’s been a quiet few days for baseball news since the holiday, but Tyler Glasnow is getting an unusual amount of press for this time of the year. Most consider the 6’7″ right-hander to be the top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system and he certainly picked up the awards and recognition this year to go along with that ranking. Here are three links from the last few days to keep you busy while we wait for some...

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First Pitch: Pirates 2015 Payroll Could Be Over $90 M, Which Should Be No Surprise
Nov28

First Pitch: Pirates 2015 Payroll Could Be Over $90 M, Which Should Be No Surprise

One of the biggest topics among Pittsburgh Pirates fans is the team payroll. For some, it’s an unavoidable topic due to their market size, but not the main part of the conversation. For others, it’s the conversation, to the point that it seems like all you need to build a winner is spending X amount. Either way, the topic of payroll is news when it comes to the Pirates.¬†Dejan Kovacevic has the latest updates¬†on his site,...

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MLB Minimum Salary to Increase in 2015
Nov26

MLB Minimum Salary to Increase in 2015

MLB’s minimum salary will increase in 2015 from $500,000 to $507,500, according to Michael Baron. #MLB minimum salary will rise from $500k to $507,500 in 2015. They call that a cost of living adjustment. — Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) November 26, 2014 As Baron notes, the difference represents a cost of living adjustment. The latest Collective Bargaining agreement had the minimum at $480,000 in 2012 (going up from...

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