Ernesto Frieri Outrighted to Triple-A By the Pirates
Aug13

Ernesto Frieri Outrighted to Triple-A By the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted right-handed reliever Ernesto Frieri to Triple-A, according to the MLB.com transactions page. This means that Frieri cleared waivers unclaimed. Frieri came to the Pirates in a deal that sent Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels in a swap of struggling relievers. Frieri never bounced back, and actually did worse in his time with the Pirates. He posted a 10.13 ERA in 10.2 innings, with an 8.4 K/9...

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Pirates Designate Wirfin Obispo For Assignment
Aug13

Pirates Designate Wirfin Obispo For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right-handed pitcher Wirfin Obispo for assignment to make room for Ramon Cabrera, who was claimed off waivers today from the Detroit Tigers. Obispo was claimed off waivers back in June from the Atlanta Braves. He has posted a 3.16 ERA in 25.2 innings with Indianapolis since the claim, along with a 24:13 K/BB ratio. Obispo can still clear waivers, at which point the Pirates could outright him to...

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Pirates Claim Ramon Cabrera From the Tigers
Aug13

Pirates Claim Ramon Cabrera From the Tigers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed catcher Ramon Cabrera from the Detroit Tigers, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. Ramon Cabrera claimed off waivers by Pirates. Erie catcher DFA'ed by #Tigers to make room for Farmer on 40-man. — Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 13, 2014 If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Cabrera was traded by the Pirates to the Tigers prior to the 2013 season, in exchange for Andy...

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Brandon Cumpton Recalled, Casey Sadler Optioned to Indianapolis
Aug12

Brandon Cumpton Recalled, Casey Sadler Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Casey Sadler to Indianapolis and have recalled Brandon Cumpton, per a team press release. Sadler was called up yesterday when Andrew McCutchen was placed on the disabled list, and threw in the eighth inning of last night’s win against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up two runs on three hits, only recording two outs. Earlier today, Ryan Palencer wrote about how Cumpton was making the transition...

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Adrian Sampson promoted to Triple-A
Aug12

Adrian Sampson promoted to Triple-A

With the recent shuffling in the Indianapolis pitching staff, Adrian Sampson has been promoted to Triple-A from Altoona. Sampson, who posted a 2.55 ERA with the Curve this season, will join the Indianapolis rotation this week. In 24 starts, Sampson had 99 strikeouts and 30 walks, while allowing 125 hits. The 22-year-old Sampson has reached Triple-A in just his third professional season after starting out in Low-A after the Pirates...

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Andrew McCutchen Placed on the DL, Casey Sadler Recalled
Aug11

Andrew McCutchen Placed on the DL, Casey Sadler Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list, retro 8/4. They have recalled Casey Sadler. Earlier today I wrote about the whole situation involving McCutchen and Neil Walker being kept off the disabled list. On the surface, the issue is that the Pirates are playing with a 23-man roster, in hopes that they can get McCutchen and/or Walker back a few games early. Digging deeper, the big issue here is that the...

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