• Francisco Liriano’s Revised Deal

    As if Francisco Liriano's situation wasn't already strange, his new contract adds a twist. The left-hander previously agreed to a two-year, $12.75 M deal. After his fall in the bathroom, Liriano's deal was revised, and finally made official today. The new agreement was a one year deal with a vesting option for...

  • Vin Mazzaro Outrighted to Triple-A

    The Francisco Liriano deal was finalized today as a major league deal. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates outrighted right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro to Triple-A. Mazzaro was acquired from the Kansas City Royals earlier in the off-season, along with Clint Robinson, in exchange for rookie ball pitchers Luis Santos...

  • Francisco Liriano Passes Physical, Deal Now Official

    Ken Rosenthal reports that left-hander Francisco Liriano has passed his physical, and that the deal is finally official. https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/299946376060600321 There hasn't been official word from the Pirates, but if he has passed the physical then the only thing remaining would be the press release. It looks like the Liriano saga is over....

  • Pirates Make Jonathan Sanchez Signing Official

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Jonathan Sanchez signing official, per a team press release this morning. Sanchez comes in on a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. No word yet on his salary if he were to make the major league team. The Spring Training tracker has been...

  • Pirates Agree to Terms With Walker and McDonald

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Neil Walker and James McDonald, per a team announcement. Walker and McDonald were the final two players eligible for arbitration, and by agreeing to deals they avoid an arbitration hearing. No word yet on the terms of the deals. I'll update this post when...

  • Pirates Sign Kyle Waldrop

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Kyle Waldrop, per a team press release. Waldrop has pitched 32.1 innings in the majors with the Twins. He has a 3.62 ERA in that time frame, but pretty unimpressive secondary numbers. His K/9 and BB/9 are both 3.3. The 6' 5", 220 pound pitcher...

  • Zach Stewart Claimed off Waivers by the White Sox

    According to MLBTR, Zach Stewart has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. The Pirates designated Stewart for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Jeff Karstens. Stewart was acquired earlier in the off-season from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. The Pirates...

  • Pirates Add Two More Non-Roster Invitees

    I was checking the MLB.com transactions page tonight, and noticed that Carlos Paulino was assigned to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which is the wording used when a player receives a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Paulino is a catcher who has never caught above high-A, but has some strong defense highlighted by a...

  • Pirates Finalize Agreement With Francisco Liriano

    According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized their two-year deal with Francisco Liriano. Rosenthal has the details below: https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/293451456579792898 https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/293451466524467200 I'm guessing that the first year salary would include performance bonuses for either playing time, or days on the active roster. That's the only way I could see a team...

  • Pirates Agree to Terms With Garrett Jones

    We received the filing numbers for Neil Walker and James McDonald about three hours ago, but haven't heard anything yet on Garrett Jones. Tom Singer of MLB.com wrote the following: However, indications were strong that the club had reached an agreement with Jones and was merely working through some necessary preliminaries before...

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