Pirates Acquire John Axford
Aug14

Pirates Acquire John Axford

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired John Axford, per Ken Rosenthal. Source: #Pirates acquire John Axford. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 14, 2014 Axford has had some good surface numbers with the Cleveland Indians this year, posting a 3.92 ERA in 43.2 innings. He also has a 10.5 K/9 rate. However, he’s posting a 6.2 BB/9 rate and was demoted from the closer’s role earlier in the season. He’s making...

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Pirates Sign Pitcher Matt Nevarez
Aug14

Pirates Sign Pitcher Matt Nevarez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Matt Nevarez from the Wichita Wingnuts, an independent team out of the American Association. The 27-year-old has pitched in pro ball since 2005 after being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the tenth round that year. Nevarez has pitched in the closer role this season, posting a 1.59 ERA in 34 innings over 35 appearances. He has 23 saves in 24 chances, to go along...

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Ernesto Frieri Outrighted to Triple-A By the Pirates
Aug13

Ernesto Frieri Outrighted to Triple-A By the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted right-handed reliever Ernesto Frieri to Triple-A, according to the MLB.com transactions page. This means that Frieri cleared waivers unclaimed. Frieri came to the Pirates in a deal that sent Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels in a swap of struggling relievers. Frieri never bounced back, and actually did worse in his time with the Pirates. He posted a 10.13 ERA in 10.2 innings, with an 8.4 K/9...

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Pirates Designate Wirfin Obispo For Assignment
Aug13

Pirates Designate Wirfin Obispo For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right-handed pitcher Wirfin Obispo for assignment to make room for Ramon Cabrera, who was claimed off waivers today from the Detroit Tigers. Obispo was claimed off waivers back in June from the Atlanta Braves. He has posted a 3.16 ERA in 25.2 innings with Indianapolis since the claim, along with a 24:13 K/BB ratio. Obispo can still clear waivers, at which point the Pirates could outright him to...

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Pirates Claim Ramon Cabrera From the Tigers
Aug13

Pirates Claim Ramon Cabrera From the Tigers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed catcher Ramon Cabrera from the Detroit Tigers, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. Ramon Cabrera claimed off waivers by Pirates. Erie catcher DFA'ed by #Tigers to make room for Farmer on 40-man. — Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 13, 2014 If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Cabrera was traded by the Pirates to the Tigers prior to the 2013 season, in exchange for Andy...

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Brandon Cumpton Recalled, Casey Sadler Optioned to Indianapolis
Aug12

Brandon Cumpton Recalled, Casey Sadler Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Casey Sadler to Indianapolis and have recalled┬áBrandon Cumpton, per a team┬ápress release. Sadler was called up yesterday when Andrew McCutchen was placed on the disabled list, and threw in the eighth inning of last night’s win against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up two runs on three hits, only recording two outs. Earlier today, Ryan Palencer wrote about how Cumpton was making the transition...

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