Pirates, Joel Hanrahan Agree to One Year Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Joel Hanrahan have agreed to a one year deal, avoiding arbitration, according to Rocco DeMaro on Twitter.  No word yet on the amount of the deal.  I had estimated $2 M on the 40-man roster/payroll projection page. The market for relievers has been high this off-season, and that only strengthened today when Heath Bell and Matt Capps each received over $7 M to avoid arbitration.  Capps and Bell would have each...

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Pirates Sign Jose Veras

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed relief pitcher Jose Veras to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (link in Spanish).  If Veras makes the majors, he will receive a $1 M salary, with $500 K in possible incentives.  He will make $15,000 a month in the minors, which amounts to about $100 K over the course of the season. Veras is 6′ 6″, 235 pounds, and has pitched...

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Pirates Sign Jorge Julio

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Jorge Julio, according to César Augusto Márquez at the Venezuelan newspaper Lider en Deportes (via MLBTR).  Rob Biertempfel adds that the deal does not include an invite to Spring Training. Julio last pitched in the majors in 2009 with the Milwaukee Brewers, putting up a 7.79 ERA in 17.1 innings, along with a 13:15 K/BB ratio.  Milwaukee released him, and after a brief stop in the Rays’ minor...

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Toronto Claims Wilfredo Ledezma

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed relief pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma off of waivers, according to Jennifer Langosch.  Ledezma was designated for assignment last week to clear space for Aaron Thompson, who the Pirates claimed off of waivers from the Washington Nationals.  The Pirates and Ledezma agreed to a split contract early in the off-season, paying him $700,000 at the major league level, or $300,000 in the minors.  Toronto will pick...

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Joe Martinez Traded to Indians

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Joe Martinez to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations, according to Jennifer Langosch.  Jordan Bastian adds that the Pirates will receive either cash considerations or a player to be named later.  Martinez was designated for assignment on December 22nd to make room for Kevin Correia.  He was originally acquired by the Pirates from the San Francisco Giants on July 31st, 2010, along with John...

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Pirates Re-Sign Burres

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed left handed pitcher Brian Burres to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training, according to Jennifer Langosch.  Burres was non-tendered by the Pirates last month, although the Pirates expressed interest in bringing him back.  Burres is out of options, and if he had been tendered a contract, he would have had to make the opening day roster, or be designated for assignment. Burres...

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