Pirates Sign Omir Santos
Feb07

Pirates Sign Omir Santos

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of catcher Omir Santos to a minor league deal that comes with an invite to Spring Training. The 32-year-old has played parts of five seasons in the majors, spending this last year with the Cleveland Indians. He played just one game in the majors last year, spending the rest of the season in AAA, where he had a .639 OPS in 61 games. In his major league career, he has a .248/.280/.363...

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Pirates Add Five Minor League Players
Feb01

Pirates Add Five Minor League Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed five minor league players according to Baseball America. We already heard about two of them, with the signing of catcher Mitch Slauter last week and shortstop Blake Davis was announced this week. The new additions are RHP Jenn-Lei Liao, LHP Matt Ford and catcher Mike Spano. Starting with Spano, the Pirates added an extra affiliate this year and along with that means more pitchers and the need for...

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Pirates Sign Shortstop Blake Davis
Jan27

Pirates Sign Shortstop Blake Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed shortstop Blake Davis to a minor league deal. He is a 30-year-old, who played part of the 2011 season with the Baltimore Orioles. Davis was a fourth round draft in 2006. He spent his first seven seasons in the Orioles system before signing with the Milwaukee Brewers last year. In 2013, he hit .256/.297/.352 for AAA Nashville, seeing the majority of his playing time at shortstop, though he has also...

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Pirates Sign Catcher Erick Fernandez
Jan25

Pirates Sign Catcher Erick Fernandez

According to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league catcher Erick Fernandez. He spent the 2013 season with the Nationals, splitting time between two levels in low-A. He was released by the Washington Nationals on July 22nd. The offensive numbers for Fernandez aren’t strong, and he will be in A-ball next year at the age of 25. He looks like extra catching depth...

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Pirates Sign Catcher Mitch Slauter
Jan22

Pirates Sign Catcher Mitch Slauter

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Mitch Slauter to a minor league contract as a non-drafted free agent. He was a senior this past season at Mississippi State, where he was teammates with Adam Frazier, who was drafted by the Pirates in the sixth round. In 2013, Slauter hit .242 in 37 games, with a .731 OPS. As a junior, he played 64 games and hit .232 with a .681 OPS. Prior to 2012, he played Junior College ball at Barton...

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Pirates and Neil Walker, Vin Mazzaro Avoid Arbitration
Jan17

Pirates and Neil Walker, Vin Mazzaro Avoid Arbitration

The Pittsburgh Pirates and second baseman Neil Walker will sign a one year deal for $5.75 M according to Rob Biertempfel, avoiding arbitration. They also signed reliever Vin Mazzaro for $950,000 according to Biertempfel. They have officially avoided arbitration with every eligible player now ahead of the deadline to exchange figures. Neil Walker was projected to make $4.8 M, while Vin Mazzaro was projected to be $800,000 for the 2014...

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