Pirates Release Rick VandenHurk

According to the Pittsburgh Pirates Twitter feed, the Pirates have asked for release waivers on RHP Rick VandenHurk, so he will be allowed to sign with a foreign club. With the move, the 40-man roster now sits at 39 players. That doesn’t include Francisco Liriano, who has yet to officially sign. VandenHurk went 13-5, 2.92 in 21 appearances for Indianapolis last season, 19 as a starter. He also made four appearances for the...

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Pirates Announce 2013 Minor League Managers and Coaches

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2013 minor league managers and coaches today. Here is the breakdown. The Managers Indianapolis: Dean Treanor will return for his third season in Indianapolis. Altoona: Carlos Garcia was promoted to Double-A after spending two seasons managing in Bradenton. He replaced P.J. Forbes, who left the organization earlier this off-season. Bradenton: Frank Kremblas will take over as the manager in...

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Report: Mike Ryan to be the Next Manager in West Virginia

The Pittsburgh Pirates created a vacancy in West Virginia when they promoted 2012 manager Rick Sofield to the majors. Sofield will take over as the first base coach for the Pirates in 2013, while leaving West Virginia looking for a manager. Chuck McGill of the Charleston Daily Mail reports that the new manager in West Virginia will be Mike Ryan. Ryan spent parts of five seasons in the majors, with most of his time coming in Minnesota....

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Chad Beck Claimed off Waivers by Toronto

Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Chad Beck for assignment to create space for the new additions in the Joel Hanrahan trade. Today the Pirates announced that Beck has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto designated him for assignment earlier in the off-season, only for the Pirates to claim him. This is the second year in a row this has happened with Toronto. Last year they designated catcher Brian...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Bring Back Miles Durham

Baseball America released their latest minor league transactions yesterday. The update included the news that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Miles Durham. Durham spent seven years in the Pirates’ system, before being released last year. He went to the Independent leagues and hit for a .249/.299/.404 line in 193 at-bats. I’ve confirmed that Durham is returning to the Pirates as a player/coach. In the past few years I...

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Pirates Designate Chad Beck For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated reliever Chad Beck for assignment. That clears a spot on the 40-man roster for today’s trade. Beck can be outrighted to Triple-A if he clears waivers. The right-hander was claimed off waivers in October from Toronto, probably so the Pirates could try to sneak him through later in the off-season. He throws 94-97 MPH, but has control issues.

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