Pirates Reassign Kyle McPherson and Nevin Ashley
Mar27

Pirates Reassign Kyle McPherson and Nevin Ashley

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reassigned catcher Nevin Ashley and right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson to minor league camp. That now leaves the active roster at 28 players. McPherson is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will begin the year on the disabled list, while Ashley should see regular playing time at Indianapolis until Chris Stewart returns to the Pirates, which would push Tony Sanchez into the AAA starting role. Ashley...

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Pirates Make Starling Marte Extension Official; Contract Details
Mar27

Pirates Make Starling Marte Extension Official; Contract Details

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the six year extension for Starling Marte, which was agreed to yesterday. Marte is signed to a six year, $31 M deal with two option years. The deal guarantees one of his free agent years, and buys out control of three of his free agent years. Jon Heyman has the breakdown of the contract. Marte will receive the following salary amounts: Signing Bonus: $2 M 2014: $500,000 2015: $1 M 2016:...

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Pirates Option Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis
Mar27

Pirates Option Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis. Cumpton had a good Spring, working out of the starting rotation. However, he never really had a shot to make the Pirates’ Opening Day roster, since their rotation looked set heading into camp. He will provide the team with strong early season depth in the event of an injury, or if Edinson Volquez struggles in the rotation. Cumpton would...

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Pirates Trade For Minor League Outfielder Keon Broxton
Mar27

Pirates Trade For Minor League Outfielder Keon Broxton

The Pirates have acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a player to be named. Broxton will begin the season with the Altoona Curve. He spent the 2013 season in Double-A, hitting for a .231/.296/.359 line in 334 at-bats.  Broxton was a 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft, but looks to be more of an organizational player at this point. He turns 24 in May, and was likely brought in to serve as a bench player...

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Pirates and Starling Marte Agree to Six-Year Deal
Mar26

Pirates and Starling Marte Agree to Six-Year Deal

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates and left fielder Starling Marte are close on signing a six-year deal. ¬†We heard a few days ago that the Pirates had made two offers to Marte over the Winter and he rejected both of them, but he was still open to negotiate. It sounds like the two sides have resumed talks and a deal may happen soon. Sources: #Pirates, Marte close on six-year extension. — Ken Rosenthal...

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Pirates Trade For Vance Worley
Mar25

Pirates Trade For Vance Worley

According to a press release from the Pittsburgh Pirates, they have acquired pitcher Vance Worley from the Minnesota Twins for cash. Worley has pitched four years in the majors, beginning his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, before moving on to the Twins last year. The 26-year-old righty had a 7.21 ERA in ten starts in 2013, allowing 82 hits in 48.2 innings. He has been hit around in Spring, posting a 13.50 ERA and allowing 22...

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