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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Pedro Alvarez and Pirates Agree to Deal
Jan17

Pedro Alvarez and Pirates Agree to Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have avoided arbitration with third baseman Pedro Alvarez, signing him to a $4.25 M deal according to Joel Sherman. Alvarez was projected to make $4 M this upcoming season. They have now signed four of the six players that were arbitration eligible, agreeing with Mark Melancon and Gaby Sanchez earlier today and Travis Snider yesterday. Only Neil Walker and Vin Mazzaro remain. The deadline to exchange figures was...

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Pirates Avoid Arbitration With Mark Melancon
Jan17

Pirates Avoid Arbitration With Mark Melancon

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $2.595 M contract with reliever Mark Melancon according to Joel Sherman. He was projected to make $3 M for the 2014 season. That leaves the team with three players left to sign before the deadline or they will have to exchange arbitration figures with them. Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and Vin Mazzaro remain unsigned at this moment. Melancon went 1-2, 1.39 in 72 games for the Pirates in 2013. He...

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