• Pirates Add Six Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they've added six non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The new additions are Gerrit Cole, Michael Crotta, Ramon Cabrera, Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, and Robbie Grossman. Of the group, only Crotta and Fryer have major league experience, both spending time in the majors in 2011. I don't...

  • Pirates Agree to Deal With Charlie Morton

    Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year, $2.445 M deal with pitcher Charlie Morton. The deal allows the two sides to avoid Morton's first year of arbitration. Morton was originally projected for a $2.1 M salary, per MLBTR's arbitration estimates. The 2012 40-man...

  • Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Joel Hanrahan

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year deal with closer Joel Hanrahan, avoiding arbitration. The terms of the deal aren't yet known. Hanrahan was projected for a $4 M salary through arbitration, after earning $1.4 M in 2011. UPDATE 10:40 AM: Per Keith Law, Hanrahan receives $4.1 M. The 2012 40-man...

  • Pirates, Resop avoid arbitration

    Bill Brink and Rob Biertempfel are reporting that the Pirates have avoided arbitration with reliever Chris Resop, signing him to a one-year deal worth $850,000. Resop posted a 4.39 ERA last year in 69.2 innings in 2011. He has struck out 104 and walked 40 in 88.2 innings since joining the Pirates...

  • Report: Pirates Sign Doug Slaten

    According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates have signed left-handed reliever Doug Slaten to a minor league contract.  Terms are not available yet, but it's likely that Slaten will receive a non-roster invitation to spring training.  Slaten, 31, was a 17th round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2000 and pitched all...

  • Hernandez, Kensing, Morales — Contract Data

    Contract data for Anderson Hernandez, Jose Morales, and Logan Kensing.

  • Pirates Release Four Lower Level Minor Leaguers

    According to Baseball America, the Pirates have released four minor league pitchers.  The four are right-handers Mitchell Fienemann, Jarryd Sullivan, and Joe Parsons, and left-hander Diomedes Mateo.  None of the four had advanced far in the team's farm system.  Fienemann, one of the Pirates' first signees out of Australia, spent one year...

  • Pirates Sign Logan Kensing, Make Jo-Jo Reyes Official

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Logan Kensing, and have made the signing of left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes official, per a team press release. Both pitchers were signed to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training. We heard about the Reyes deal yesterday from Jenifer Langosch. Kensing, 29,...

  • Pirates Sign Jo-Jo Reyes

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. We heard the Pirates were interested in Reyes back in December. Reyes is 27 yeas old has a career 6.05 ERA in 334.2 innings in the majors, with a 5.8 K/9,...

  • Greg Picart and the Value of Organizational Players

    Greg Picart appears to have re-signed with the Pirates. We spend a lot of time talking about the top young prospects in the organization, and for good reason. The main purpose of a farm system is to produce talent for the big league team. Minor signings don't usually get a lot of...

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