Pirates Sign Pitcher Kenn Kasparek to Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league pitcher Kenn Kasparek out of the Independent leagues, and have assigned him to the Bradenton Marauders. The addition comes after a series of moves today that sent Porfirio Lopez from West Virginia to Bradenton and Jhonathan Ramos from Bradenton to Altoona. Kasparek was originally drafted in the 12th round of the 2008 draft by the Seattle Mariners. He came out of college, pitching for the...

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Pirates Sign Minor Leaguer Nathan Kilcrease

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Nathan Kilcrease as a minor league free agent, and assigned him to West Virginia today. The right-hander was selected in the 30th round of the 2011 draft by the Oakland Athletics, and was released after putting up a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings this year for Burlington in the Midwest League. Kilcrease is 5′ 6″, 170 pounds, and turns 23 in August. He was drafted out of...

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Jordy Mercer Recalled from Triple-A; Navarro Optioned

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted infielder Jordy Mercer to the Majors on Tuesday. In order to make room for Mercer on the 25-man roster, infielder Yamaico Navarro was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Mercer, 25, hit .358 avg with six doubles, a homer and nine RBI in the month of May and ranks eighth in the International League with a .303 average over 47 games with Triple-A. Mercer has no previous experience...

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Pirates Add Doug Slaten to 40-Man; Cruz to Restricted List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed reliever Juan Cruz to the restricted list so that he can return home to the Dominican Republic and attend to some personal business. As a corresponding move, they selected Doug Slaten from Indianapolis, purchasing his contract and adding him to the 25 and 40-man roster. The Pirates already had an open spot on the 40-man, and Cruz opened up a spot on the 25-man roster. Slaten had an opt...

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Matt Hague Recalled; Nate McLouth DFA’d

PITTSBURGH, Pa. —¬†The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled infielder Matt Hague from Triple-A Indianapolis and have designated outfielder Nate McLouth for assignment. Hague, 26, broke camp with the Pirates after a huge spring in which he connected for a team-leading seven home runs. Hague went 1-for-9 with two RBI in five games before being optioned to Indianapolis on April 14.While with Indy, the infielder¬†hit .278 (40-for-144)...

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Duke Welker Promoted to Indianapolis

According to Cory Giger, Duke Welker has been promoted to Indianapolis. The right-hander threw a perfect inning in relief today, striking out one. On the season with Altoona, Welker had a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings, with a 19:7 K/BB ratio. The walks were a very positive sign, as it was only two years ago that Welker was walking a batter an inning, and walking more than he struck out. Welker has the stuff to be a late inning reliever,...

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