Jonathan Sanchez Will Open the Season as the Fourth Starter

Today was the deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a decision on left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Early this morning Sanchez and his agent met in Clint Hurdle’s office with Hurdle and Neal Huntington. The Pirates decided to add Sanchez to the roster, giving him the fourth spot in the rotation. “We’ve had some very good competition this Spring. All four guys have thrown the ball well at times, some better...

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Pirates Release Six Minor League Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates released six minor leaguers this morning. Details on each player below. Logan Pevny – Pevny was a 49th round prep pitcher taken in the 2010 draft. He’s a tall, skinny pitcher who throws in the upper 80s, and tops out at 92 with sink to his fastball. He threw for State College last year, pitching in relief. The right-hander had good overall numbers, with a 2.08 ERA, but needed some improvement on his...

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Pirates Release Brad Hawpe

The Pittsburgh Pirates have granted Brad Hawpe his unconditional release today, cutting camp down to 36 active players. Hawpe didn’t really have a shot at making the team, and it seems that he didn’t want to go to Triple-A. He wouldn’t have had much of an opportunity there, since the Triple-A outfield is starting to look crowded. The Spring Training tracker has been...

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Pirates Option Bryan Morris, Re-Assign Two More

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few cuts from major league camp this morning. They optioned right-hander Bryan Morris to Triple-A, and reassigned infielders Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Jared Goedert to minor league camp. It was previously believed that Morris was out of options, although earlier this week we learned that he was granted a fourth option year. De Jesus had a very small chance of making the team after the addition of John...

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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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