• Minor Moves: Pirates Release Vince Payne, Matt McSwain

    Catching up on some minor league transactions. **The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right-handed pitcher Vince Payne. Payne was a 12th round pick in 2010, and spent parts of the last two years in West Virginia. He combined to put up a 7.86 ERA in 34.1 innings in those two years. **The Pirates...

  • Pirates Sign 18th Round Pick For $25 K Over Slot

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 18th round pick John Kuchno for $125 K, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Kuchno is a hard throwing right hander with a fastball that can touch 95, and a power curve. Both pitches have the potential to be plus offerings. The deal was for more...

  • Pirates Sign Australian Shortstop

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Australian shortstop Sam Kennelly, according to the Australian Baseball Federation. Kennelly is a 16-year-old who participated in Major League Baseball's Australian Academy this year. He's a right-handed thrower and hitter at 6' 2", 187 pounds. Kennelly hit for a .250/.308/.271 line in 48 at-bats this year in the...

  • Pirates Sign 17th Round Pick Hayden Hurst

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17th round pick Hayden Hurst, according to Hurst himself on Twitter. Hurst was a high school pitching prospect with a commitment to Florida State. He is a big guy who’s reached 95 with his fastball, although the pitch usually sits in the 88-92 MPH range.  Just like...

  • Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder for $700 K

    UPDATE 11:59 AM: The Pirates officially announce the move, via press release. Also in the release is a statement from Rene Gayo: “We are very excited to sign Michael. He is a young player with now tools that are still developing. He is also an instinctive and aggressive performer with a very...

  • Pirates Recall Matt Hague, Option Eric Fryer to AAA

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled infielder Matt Hague from Triple-A and have optioned catcher Eric Fryer back down to Indianapolis. Fryer was with the team to serve as an emergency catcher with Rod Barajas injured. Barajas is healthy now, which left no need for a third catcher. Hague hit for a .235/.278/.265...

  • Chris Leroux and Doug Slaten Outrighted to Triple-A

    Relief pitchers Chris Leroux and Doug Slaten have both cleared waivers, and both were outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis today. Slaten was designated for assignment when the team claimed outfielder Oscar Tejeda last week. We didn't hear about Leroux being placed on waivers, although he was due to come off the 60-day disabled...

  • White Sox Claim Daniel Moskos

    The Chicago White Sox have claimed left-hander Daniel Moskos, per a White Sox press release (via MLBTR). Moskos was designated for assignment last week to create a spot for Eric Fryer, who was added to become an emergency catcher with Rod Barajas hurt. I talked about the move last week, and what...

  • Alex Presley to the 7-Day DL, Jordy Mercer Recalled

    PITTSBURGH, PA -- The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder Alex Presley on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 4 with a concussion and recalled infielder Jordy Mercer from Triple-A Indianapolis. Presley suffered the injury in the first inning on Tuesday after a diving play. With two outs, Jed Lowrie hit a single...

  • Pirates Sign Julio de la Cruz For $700,000

    UPDATE 2:45 PM: The Pirates officially announced the move. Rene Gayo's statement on De La Cruz: "We are very excited to have signed Julio Delacruz who is, in our estimation, the best pure hitter available in Latin America this season,” said Director of Latin American Scouting Rene Gayo.  “Julio is a hitter...

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