Pirates Sign Five Minor League Free Agents
Nov20

Pirates Sign Five Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitchers Collin Balester, Jake Brigham, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney and Seth McClung to minor league contracts. Brigham, Jackson, and Kinney will be non-roster invitees for the Major League portion of Spring Training. Information on each player is below. Jake Brigham - He turns 26 in February, and hasn’t pitched in the majors yet. Brigham spent the 2013 season in the Rangers’...

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Pirates Re-Acquire Duke Welker for Kris Johnson
Nov19

Pirates Re-Acquire Duke Welker for Kris Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired right-handed pitcher Duke Welker in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson, per a team press release. Welker was sent to the Twins after the season as a player to be named later in the deal that brought Justin Morneau to the Pirates. Johnson joined the Pirates in August as a reliever, after putting up some impressive numbers in Triple-A. The trade works well for both teams. Johnson might...

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Pirates Release Three Minor Leaguers
Nov18

Pirates Release Three Minor Leaguers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released three minor league players, according to Baseball America’s transactions page. The three players who were released were Dan Grovatt, Lance Breedlove, and Dylan Child. The transactions report also has three signings, which were reported on Friday. Grovatt was drafted in the 11th round of the 2010 draft. He had a strong arm in the outfield, but had a questionable bat. He put up decent numbers...

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Pirates Name Jeff Branson the New Hitting Coach
Nov18

Pirates Name Jeff Branson the New Hitting Coach

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named Jeff Branson their new hitting coach, per a team press release. They have also added Jeff Livesey to the Major League staff as a coach. Branson was the assistant hitting coach last year, working with Jay Bell. The hitting coach position became available when Bell joined the Cincinnati Reds as a bench coach. Prior to the 2013 season, Branson had spent 12 years in the Pirates’ organization,...

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Pirates Re-Sign Three Minor League Free Agents
Nov15

Pirates Re-Sign Three Minor League Free Agents

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed three minor league free agents. Details below the tweet. #Pirates re-sign minor league free agents C Francisco Diaz, OF Miles Durham and LHP Jhonathan Ramos. — Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) November 15, 2013 Jhonathan Ramos, LHP – He has put up good numbers in the lower levels, although that’s mostly due to his good breaking stuff. He jumped...

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Pirates Re-Sign Two Minor League Free Agents
Nov09

Pirates Re-Sign Two Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed two minor league free agents, according to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions. The two players who were re-signed were Eliecer Navarro and Andy Vasquez. Navarro had a strong season with Bradenton, putting up a 2.86 ERA as a starter in 69.1 innings, with an 8.0 K/9 and a 1.7 BB/9. He’s got great off-speed stuff, and he’s left-handed, which is going to lead to...

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