Pirates Sign Jake Fox and Shairon Martis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed utility player Jake Fox and right handed pitcher Shairon Martis to minor league deals, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Fox turned 29 in July, and has a career .237/.288/.425 line in 489 at-bats in his major league career.  He’s played first base, third base, the two corner outfield positions, and has caught in his four year major league career.  We heard rumors during the season...

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Barmes Official, Jeroloman Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the signing of Clint Barmes, and have designated catcher Brian Jeroloman for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.  You can read my recap of the Barmes deal here.  The Pirates claimed Jeroloman on Friday off of waivers from Toronto.  If he clears waivers they can outright him to AAA. UPDATE 2:58 PM: No official word yet on Barmes’ salary, other than the rumored $10.5 M for...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with shortstop Clint Barmes on a two year deal, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.  We heard previously that the Pirates were the leaders for Barmes, and were close to signing him.  The team hasn’t made an official announcement on the move, although the article mentions that Barmes was taking a physical today, which usually comes before the announcement. In the article by...

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Pirates Protect Six Players From the Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates added six players to the 40-man roster today, filling out their reserve list to protect those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The Pirates protected Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, and Justin Wilson.  To make room the Pirates have designated outfielder Xavier Paul and catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.  Here is a rundown of each player that was added to the roster. Matt...

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Pirates Claim Two, Outright Pagnozzi

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed RHP Jeremy Hefner from San Diego and C Brian Jeroloman from Toronto, the team just announced. Catcher Matt Pagnozzi has been outrighted to Indianapolis.  That leaves four open spots on the 40-man roster for Rule 5 candidates to be protected. Hefner pitched for the Padres’ AAA affiliate in 2011, putting up a 4.98 ERA and a 120:61 K/BB ratio in 157.1 innings.  The right hander turns 26 in March,...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Three, Release One

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a few minor league transactions, according to Baseball America.  They have signed three minor league free agents, re-signing catcher Rudy Pena and outfielder Gerlis Rodriguez, and signing right handed pitcher Jose Diaz to a minor league deal.  The Pirates also released left hander Christopher Richardson. Rodriguez was released by the Pirates prior to the 2011 season.  In 2010 he played for the State...

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