Bryan Morris Gets a Fourth 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 Morris. From what I can gather from Baseball America’s description of the rules, Morris wouldn’t have the 2006 season count against him, since he was in a short-season...

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Pirates Acquire Infielder John McDonald, d’Arnaud to DL

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired infielder John McDonald: Source: #Pirates acquire IF John McDonald from #Diamondbacks. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2013 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 is that...

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Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers; Lakind Converted to Pitching

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 Lukashevich out of Belarus in 2010. Porfirio Lopez, LHP – Lopez was unlike a lot of the international lefties in the system in that he could throw 88-92 MPH. He also...

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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 being watched closely by the Pirates since early last year. At the time, he was throwing...

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Pirates Cut Six From Major League Camp Including Cole and Irwin

  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 Training tracker has been updated. There are now 43 players left in...

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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.

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