• Pirates Release Brad Hawpe

    Brad Hawpe has been released. The Pittsburgh Pirates have granted Brad Hawpe his unconditional release today, cutting camp down to 36 active players. Hawpe didn't really have a shot at making the team, and it seems that he didn't want to go to Triple-A. He wouldn't have had much of an opportunity...

  • Pirates Option Bryan Morris, Re-Assign Two More

    Bryan Morris was optioned to Triple-A. The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few cuts from major league camp this morning. They optioned right-hander Bryan Morris to Triple-A, and reassigned infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Jared Goedert to minor league camp. It was previously believed that Morris was out of options, although earlier...

  • Bryan Morris Gets a Fourth Option Year

      Bryan Morris has an extra option year. Baseball America has a list of players who received the rare fourth option year (h/t Bucs Dugout). We already knew two of the Pirates on the list who had received fourth options: Pedro Alvarez and Andy Oliver. One player who was unexpected was Bryan...

  • Pirates Acquire Infielder John McDonald, d’Arnaud to DL

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired infielder John McDonald: https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/314409843224100864 The Diamondbacks have been trying to deal McDonald since they don't have room for him, according to Rosenthal about a week ago. It's not known how he fits in with the Pirates. Perhaps a better way to say that...

  • Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers; Lakind Converted to Pitching

    Jared Lakind will be converted to a pitcher. The Pittsburgh Pirates have released the following six players, per a team press release. Alex Lukashevich, RHP - Had an 0.47 ERA in 19 innings last year, but his advanced numbers didn't look as good. He throws in the low-to-mid 80s. The Pirates signed...

  • Pirates Sign Two Pitching Prospects From Mexico

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two young pitchers from Mexico, agreeing to contracts with Jherson Esqueda and Gerardo Navarro on Friday. According to the link (in Spanish) the pitchers belonged to the Veracruz Red Eagles of the Mexican Baseball League. Esqueda is an 18-year-old right-hander, who is an accomplished International pitcher. He was...

  • Pirates Cut Six From Major League Camp Including Cole and Irwin

      Gerrit Cole was cut from major league camp today. The Pittsburgh Pirates cut six players from major league camp today. The team optioned RHP Phil Irwin to Indianapolis. They also reassigned RHP Brooks Brown, RHP Gerrit Cole, LHP Kris Johnson, C Ali Solis and RHP Kyle Waldrop to minor league camp. The Spring...

  • Tony Sanchez and Andy Oliver Optioned to Triple-A

    The Pittsburgh Pirates made their second round of cuts this morning, optioning catcher Tony Sanchez and left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver to Indianapolis. The Spring Training tracker has been updated. There are now 49 players remaining in camp.... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our...

  • Minor Moves: Alex Fuselier, Erik Turgeon

    Two roster updates from minor league camp today. Alex Fuselier and Erik Turgeon have both retired. Fuselier was a 21st round pick in 2011, and spent the last two years in short season A-ball. Turgeon was signed in the middle of the year last year to provide depth in Bradenton. He turns...

  • Pirates Cut 11 Players, Including Jameson Taillon

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first cuts of Spring Training. So far they have cut four players today, with those players being Hunter Strickland, Vic Black, Matt Hague, and Clint Robinson. That could be all for now, but no word on that yet. I'll update this when more information becomes available....

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