• Pirates Rumored to be Pursuing International Outfielder

    For the past month, it seems like I get asked this question at least once a day: who are the Pirates targeting on the international market?  Prior to the draft we didn't hear much news, mostly because outlets like Baseball America were focused on the draft.  Ben Badler of Baseball America has...

  • Pirates Sign Two From Taiwan

    Chang is one of two Pirates additions out of Taiwan. The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two players from Taiwan, according to Taiwan Baseball.  The Pirates added catcher Chin-De Chang and left handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang. Chang is 5' 10", 154 pounds, and is a left handed hitter.  He's one of the top prospects in Taiwan, with excellent...

  • Ten International Players to Watch: 2011

    Salazar Late last year I gave a list of ten players to watch from the VSL and DSL teams. From that list, seven of the ten have been promoted to the states already. Giving a combined top ten list from these leagues is almost impossible unless you're down there watching them, so...

  • International Notes: Danny Arribas, Big Names

    Arribas signed with the Pirates. Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates announced the signing of five international players.  Today we have two more updates on the international front: -Another player the Pirates have signed is Danny Arribas of PSV Eindhoven, via Mister Baseball.  While playing in the World Junior Championship for the Dutch Junior...

  • 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...

  • Pirates Spent $5 M On International Bonuses in 2010

    Heredia was a big factor towards the Pirates spending $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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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