Pirates Release Atkins, Cut Two

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released infielder Garrett Atkins, and cut Fernando Nieve and Justin Thomas from major league camp, cutting their Spring Training roster down to 41 players. That group of players does not include Kevin Hart, who is on the disabled list. All three players were non roster invitees. Atkins was set to make $800 K if he made the majors. He was competing with Josh Fields and Andy Marte for a bench spot, although...

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Pirates Claim Garrett Olson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Garrett Olson from the Seattle Mariners today.  Olsen should compete for a left handed bullpen spot.  Joe Beimel and Scott Olsen have both been injured at times this Spring, and both have struggled in their return.  They are the only options for the Pirates in terms of left handed relievers, although Scott Olsen is technically competing for a starting role. Garrett Olson has a...

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Pirates Sign Christian Colonel to a Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed third baseman Christian Colonel to a minor league deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  Colonel played for three different organizations in 2010, between the AA and AAA levels.  In his career at the AAA level, Colonel has a .291/.352/.422 line in 886 at-bats, although all of those came in the Pacific Coast League. Colonel was the number 28 prospect in the Colorado Rockies’ farm...

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Pirates Sign Cuban Pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600 K

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports on a signing from back in September that hasn’t been announced yet.  The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with Cuban right handed pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600,000 in September.  The deal is still pending the result of Lopez getting his visa. Badler mentions that Lopez is 20 years old, and is a sinker/slider pitcher who can run his fastball up in the low 90s.  The bonus is the second...

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Pirates Sign International Pitcher Leandro Rodriguez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed international right handed pitcher Leandro Rodriguez, according to the Dominican Prospect League website.  Rodriguez was signed out of the league for $80,000. Rodriguez is 17 years old, and according to the article, was trained by former major leaguer Denio Gonzalez.  The article mentions that he has a loose arm, and projects to be a player to watch. The Pirates have signed a few players out of the...

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Pirates to Sign Joe Beimel

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been looking for left handed relief, although the market is currently very thin, with very few options remaining.  One of those options is Joe Beimel, and according to John Perrotto, he could sign with the Pirates.  Perrotto tweets that he hears there is a very good chance that Beimel will sign with the Pirates. Beimel started his career in Pittsburgh, getting drafted in the 18th round of the 1998 draft by...

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