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 that is announced. UPDATE 9:40 PM: Rob Biertempfel has the numbers. Multiple sources confirm: #Pirates sign Walker for $3.3M,...

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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 spent his entire career with the Twins. In his time in Triple-A he had a 3.21 ERA in 201.2 innings, with a 5.4 K/9 and a 2.3...

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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 eventually sent Kyle Kaminska to complete the...

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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 cannon for an arm. With all of the pitchers in Spring Training, teams usually need a lot of catchers. Paulino is probably...

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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: Sources: #Pirates, Liriano have adjusted and finalized 2-year agreement. Liriano will assume risk due to injury to right (non-throwing) arm. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 21, 2013 If Liriano misses no time due to specific right arm injury, he still gets original $12.75M....

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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 making it official. Of all the players who remained unsigned, Jones’ name was the only one to...

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