Wandy Rodriguez Exercises His Player Option
Nov01

Wandy Rodriguez Exercises His Player Option

In a move that was expected, Wandy Rodriguez notified the Pittsburgh Pirates that he has exercised his player option for the 2014 season. The option was originally a club option, but was converted to a player option when Rodriguez was traded. It pays Rodriguez $13 M in 2014, and the Pirates are only on the hook for $7.5 M, with the Houston Astros picking up the other $5.5 M. Rodriguez will be a wild card next year. He struggled to...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Trade Jimmy Rider to Red Sox
Oct18

Minor Moves: Pirates Trade Jimmy Rider to Red Sox

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded minor league infielder Jimmy Rider to the Boston Red Sox for future considerations, per Baseball America. Rider tweeted earlier this week that he was a new member of the Red Sox. The Pittsburgh native was drafted in the 26th round of the 2012 draft out of Kent State. In the past two years he has had a .608 OPS in 234 minor league at-bats. Most of those have been in short-season ball. He has been...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Three Players From Mexico
Oct17

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Three Players From Mexico

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Eumir Sepúlveda and 18-year-old right-hander Carlos Bustamante, both out of Mexico. They will report to the Pirates facility in the Dominican and begin their pro career in the Dominican Summer League next year. Sepulveda took a leap forward in the last year, adding eight MPH to his fastball. He is a highly accomplished amateur pitch, who was also scouted by the Boston...

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Pirates Announce Duke Welker as the PTBNL For Justin Morneau
Oct05

Pirates Announce Duke Welker as the PTBNL For Justin Morneau

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that Duke Welker is the PTBNL going to the Minnesota Twins in the Justin Morneau trade. This isn’t news, as we knew about this back when the trade was made. Welker couldn’t be traded during the season due to the waiver process, and had to wait until the season was over and the waiver trading period was finished. The Pirates sent Alex Presley and Welker to the Twins in the...

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James McDonald Elects Free Agency
Sep14

James McDonald Elects Free Agency

According to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish), James McDonald has elected free agency after being outrighted to Indianapolis. The Pirates designated him for assignment last week, and he cleared waivers in the process. He’s now eligible to sign with any team for the remainder of the season. It was about 14 months ago that McDonald started his downward trend that led to this move. He had a...

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Pirates DFA James McDonald, Recall Cumpton
Sep07

Pirates DFA James McDonald, Recall Cumpton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated James McDonald from the 60 day disabled list and designated him for assignment today. They have also recalled Brandon Cumpton from Indianapolis. James McDonald hasn’t pitched in the majors since May, going on the DL with inflammation and tendonitis in his right rotator cuff. He has made 11 rehab appearances in the minors since then, spread over two different stints. McDonald has not pitched...

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