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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Pirates Agree to Deal With Jason Grilli

Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a pre-arbitration deal with relief pitcher Jason Grilli for $1.1 M.  The deal is about $300 K more than the MLBTR estimate for Grilli.  The Pirates acquired Grilli from Philadelphia last year due to a clause in Grilli’s contract that said the Phillies had to release him if another team wanted him on their major league club.  After joining...

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Pirates Trade Jose Veras for Casey McGehee

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded relief pitcher Jose Veras to the Milwaukee Brewers for third baseman Casey McGehee, per a team press release. Veras was profiled as a non-tender candidate in my article earlier today. McGehee, meanwhile, became expendable when Milwaukee signed Aramis Ramirez to a three year deal earlier this afternoon. McGehee is coming off a year where he hit for a .223/.280/.346 line in 546 at-bats. In 2010 he had...

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Jeremy Hefner Claimed By the Mets

The New York Mets have claimed right handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN. Hefner was originally acquired by the Pirates off of waivers from the San Diego Padres on November 18th. He was waived last week to make room for Yamaico Navarro on the 40-man roster. Rubin also notes that the Mets have signed left hander Garrett Olson to a minor league deal. Olson pitched for...

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Jeremy Hefner Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner for assignment in order to make room for Yamaico Navarro on the 40-man roster. Hefner was originally claimed by the Pirates on November 18th, after being designated for assignment by the Padres. The Pirates will have ten days to trade, waive, or release Hefner. If he clears waivers, the team can assign him to AAA.

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