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, a 3.9 BB/9, and a 1.5 HR/9 ratio. He’s a good flier to take on a minor league deal. He was once a highly regarded prospect in Atlanta’s...

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Greg Picart and the Value of Organizational Players

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 attention due to the fact that they probably won’t yield help in the future for big league players. Lost in all of that is the importance that organizational players can play to the system. The...

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Pirates Agree to Terms with Anderson Hernandez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with infielder Anderson Hernandez, per a team press release. Hernandez, a switch hitter, has 643 career at-bats in the majors, with a .241/.300/.314 line. He spent the 2011 season with Houston’s AAA affiliate, hitting for a .300/.366/.400 line in 510 at-bats. Hernandez has spent most of his career at shortstop, but also has played second, third, and three games in left field. In the...

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Pirates Sign Jeff Clement, Ryota Igarashi

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first baseman Jeff Clement and right handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi to minor league deals, per a team press release. Both players will receive invites to Spring Training. We heard about Igarashi at the end of last week. The right hander has struggled in his Major League career since coming over from Japan in 2010. Last year he had a 4.66 ERA in 38.2 innings with the Mets, along with a 9.8 K/9 and a...

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Pirates Sign Kris Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed pitcher Kris Johnson to a minor league deal, according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. Johnson turned 27 in October, and has spent his entire career in the Boston minor league system. The former first round pick has spent parts of the previous three years at the AAA level, combining for a 6.09 ERA in 249.2 innings, with a 5.6 K/9, a 3.7 BB/9, and a 1.1 HR/9 ratio. Johnson was...

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Pirates Tender All Arbitration Eligible Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have tendered all of their arbitration eligible players, per a team press release.  The team also announced that Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo will officially become free agents at midnight after being non-tendered by the team. All of the remaining 0-3 players who weren’t under contract were tendered an offer. The arbitration eligible players who we were waiting on were Joel Hanrahan, Charlie Morton,...

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