Pirates Name Jeff Branson the New Hitting Coach
Nov18

Pirates Name Jeff Branson the New Hitting Coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named Jeff Branson their new hitting coach, per a team press release. They have also added Jeff Livesey to the Major League staff as a coach. Branson was the assistant hitting coach last year, working with Jay Bell. The hitting coach position became available when Bell joined the Cincinnati Reds as a bench coach. Prior to the 2013 season, Branson had spent 12 years in the Pirates’ organization,...

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Pirates Re-Sign Three Minor League Free Agents
Nov15

Pirates Re-Sign Three Minor League Free Agents

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed three minor league free agents. Details below the tweet. #Pirates re-sign minor league free agents C Francisco Diaz, OF Miles Durham and LHP Jhonathan Ramos. — Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) November 15, 2013 Jhonathan Ramos, LHP – He has put up good numbers in the lower levels, although that’s mostly due to his good breaking stuff. He jumped...

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Pirates Re-Sign Two Minor League Free Agents
Nov09

Pirates Re-Sign Two Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed two minor league free agents, according to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions. The two players who were re-signed were Eliecer Navarro and Andy Vasquez. Navarro had a strong season with Bradenton, putting up a 2.86 ERA as a starter in 69.1 innings, with an 8.0 K/9 and a 1.7 BB/9. He’s got great off-speed stuff, and he’s left-handed, which is going to lead to...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Free Agents
Nov05

Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Free Agents

Matt Eddy of Baseball America has the full list of Minor League Free Agents, including the following players from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. RHP: David Bromberg (AA), Brooks Brown (AAA), Erik Cordier (AAA), Jason Erickson (Hi A), Graham Godfrey (AAA), Doug Mathis (AAA), Luis Sanz (AA), Kyle Waldrop (AAA), Kurt Yacko (R) LHP: Dan Cevette (AA), Jhonathan Ramos (AA), Atahualpa Severino (AAA) C: Francisco Diaz (Lo A), Devin...

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Felix Pie Outrighted Off the 40-Man Roster
Nov01

Felix Pie Outrighted Off the 40-Man Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that outfielder Felix Pie has been outrighted off the 40-man roster and has elected free agency. Pie was projected to be a non-tender candidate this off-season, so this move comes a little early. After all of the moves this week — with free agents coming off the 40-man, 60-day DL guys going back on the 40-man, and Felix Pie being outrighted, the Pirates are left with 36 players on the 40-man...

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Wandy Rodriguez Exercises His Player Option
Nov01

Wandy Rodriguez Exercises His Player Option

In a move that was expected, Wandy Rodriguez notified the Pittsburgh Pirates that he has exercised his player option for the 2014 season. The option was originally a club option, but was converted to a player option when Rodriguez was traded. It pays Rodriguez $13 M in 2014, and the Pirates are only on the hook for $7.5 M, with the Houston Astros picking up the other $5.5 M. Rodriguez will be a wild card next year. He struggled to...

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