Pirates Sign Yunesky Sanchez, Release Jose Hernandez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league free agent Yunesky Sanchez, and have assigned him to Altoona.  Sanchez, who spent four years in the Arizona organization from 2007-2010, has yet to play a professional game this year, after being released by the Diamondbacks out of Spring Training.  He has played all four infield positions in his career, spending most of his time at shortstop.  He’s not really much of a prospect,...

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Pirates Sign Third Round Pick Alex Dickerson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed third round pick Alex Dickerson, a first baseman out of Indiana University.  Dickerson was rated the 42nd best prospect overall in the 2011 draft by Baseball America.  He’s a left hander who gets his value from his bat, with average to plus power, and the ability to hit for power to all fields. He only hit nine homers in 2011, although he was bothered by back problems, and was pitched around....

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Moskos Optioned to Indianapolis, Other Injury Updates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned left handed reliever Daniel Moskos to AAA Indianapolis.  The move was made with Joe Beimel expected to come off the disabled list tomorrow.  Beimel had recently pitched on back to back nights in Altoona, a sign that his rehab was nearing it’s end. In other injury news, Ross Ohlendorf will start a rehab assignment with the Bradenton Marauders tonight.  Steve Pearce, who had been rehabbing in...

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Pirates Sign 8th Round Pick Jason Creasy

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced two draft signings today.  The one we knew about was 4th round pick Colten Brewer.  I reported that Brewer had reached an agreement with the team back in June, and it’s obviously an over-slot deal since it took this long to finalize.  The one we didn’t know about was 8th round pick Jason Creasy.  Here is information on each player: Colten Brewer (4th round – RHP): Went 8-2 with a 1.43...

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Alvarez reinstated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

The Pirates announced today that third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been reinstated from the disabled list and assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Alvarez has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a right quad strain. He hit .208/.283/.304 in 138 plate appearances before suffering the injury, and has produced a .235/.386/.382 line in 44 rehab plate appearances split between the Gulf Coast League, High-A Bradenton and Triple-A...

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Exicardo Cayonez Demoted to the GCL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right handed pitcher Jordan Cooper to the State College Spikes, and to create space on the roster, they have demoted Exicardo Cayonez to the Gulf Coast League.  Cooper is expected to pitch tonight, with the probable starter listed as TBA, which normally indicates a player not currently on the roster.  Usually, these moves are just paper moves, with the guy in Cayonez’s position returning to...

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