Pirates Sign Jimmy Rider

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 26th round pick Jimmy Rider, per a team press release. Rider, a senior from Kent State, didn’t sign initially due to his team playing in the College World Series. He was drafted as a second baseman, and will likely go to State College. In his senior year at Kent State, Rider hit for a .361/.434/.532 line in 252 at-bats.

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Pirates Claim Oscar Tejeda, DFA Doug Slaten

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder/outfielder Oscar Tejeda off waivers from the Boston Red Sox, and have designated left-hander Doug Slaten for assignment. Tejeda has been assigned to Double-A. Tejeda is a 22-year-old who is hitting for a .262/.294/.396 line in 202 at-bats in Double-A this year. Last year in Double-A he hit for a .249/.297/.339 line in 457 at-bats. Coming in to the year Baseball America had him rated as the...

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Shairon Martis Traded to the Twins

UPDATE 2:00 PM: I just spoke with Neal Huntington, who said the deal was more about finding Martis a better opportunity. Looking at the Twins’ pitching situation, I think Martis would have a better shot there than in Pittsburgh, where he was in Double-A, with a lot of options in Triple-A. UPDATE 1:29 PM: I’ve just confirmed that the return for Martis will be a player to be named later or cash. 10:44 AM:┬áThe Pittsburgh...

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Daniel Moskos DFAd: What the Move Says

The Pittsburgh Pirates designated left-handed reliever Daniel Moskos for assignment today, thus potentially ending his run in the organization. Moskos was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft, which was a highly controversial pick with top catching prospect Matt Wieters on the board. He was touted as a reliever who could move quickly through the system. However, he didn’t make his debut until 2011, and only...

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Pirates Option Slaten, Hague to Triple-A; Add Sutton, Fryer; DFA Moskos

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a series of roster moves on Tuesday. They optioned left-handed reliever Doug Slaten and infielder Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis. The club added infielder Drew Sutton to the active roster and selected the contract of catcher Eric Fryer from Triple-A Indy. They also designated left-hander Daniel Moskos for assignment to add Fryer to the 40-man roster. Slaten posted a 2.77 ERA over 13.0 innings of relief...

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Jake Fox Released by the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates released infielder Jake Fox today in order to add infielder Jordy Mercer to the Triple-A roster. Mercer was optioned from Pittsburgh on Sunday when they recalled reliever Bryan Morris. Fox signed a minor league deal with Pittsburgh on November 22, 2011. He hit for a .236/.309/.366 line over 123 at-bats at Triple-A Indianapolis this season.

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