• Pirates Non-Tender Jeff Karstens

    Dejan Kovacevic reports that Jeff Karstens will be non-tendered today. Neal Huntington confirmed this on a conference call about the Russell Martin signing, noting that Karstens has been designated for assignment to make room for Martin, and will be non-tendered tonight. Huntington noted that they tried to work out a pre-tender deal...

  • Pirates Make the Russell Martin Signing Official

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Russell Martin signing official via a team press release. The release includes the following quote from Neal Huntington. “With the signing of Russell Martin, we have acquired a quality defensive catcher who is a disciplined hitter that adds power to our lineup,” said Huntington. “He also brings...

  • Pirates Release Three Minor League Players

    The Pirates have released Aneudy Merejo. The Pittsburgh Pirates have released three minor league players, according to Baseball America's transactions. The players were Justin Ennis, Jorge Bishop, and Aneudy Merejo. Some information on the three players. Justin Ennis - He was a lower level bullpen guy, splitting the last three years between...

  • Pirates Sign Russell Martin

    As per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Pirates have reached terms with Russell Martin, pending a physical.   We will continue to flesh this out with more details about the terms of the deal as they become available. UPDATE 8:46 p.m. -- Rosenthal tweets, via David Waldstein, that Martin's contract is 2...

  • Pirates Acquire Three Players in Trades

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made two trades today, per a team press release. They acquired Zach Stewart from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. They also acquired Vin Mazzaro and Clint Robinson from Kansas City for minor league pitchers Luis Rico and Luis Santos. Stewart was once...

  • Pirates Sign Philippe Valiquette to Minor League Deal

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed pitcher Philippe Valiquette to a minor league deal, according to his agent on Twitter. Valiquette was recently with the Milwaukee Brewers, spending time in 2012 with their high-A and Double-A affiliates. In his time in Double-A he struggled, posting an 8.49 ERA in 11.2 innings. He...

  • Pirates Sign Six Minor League Free Agents

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of six minor league free agents, via a team press release. The six players are right-handed pitchers Brooks Brown, Erik Cordier, David Bromberg, and Luis Sanz, outfielder Felix Pie, and infielder Alex Valdez. All are minor league deals, and from that group, Brown, Cordier, and...

  • Pirates Add Five to the 40-Man Roster

    Tony Sanchez was added to the 40-man roster today. Today was the deadline to protect players for the upcoming Rule 5 draft in December. The Pittsburgh Pirates added five players to the 40-man roster today. The new additions were Vic Black, Tony Sanchez, Phil Irwin, Ramon Cabrera, and Hunter Strickland. Sanchez and...

  • Pirates Sign Felix Pie

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league deal, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Connolly reports that Pie has incentives for major league plate appearances in his contract if he makes the Pirates. The outfielder was once one of the top prospects in the Chicago...

  • Pirates Lose the Scout Who Signed Josh Bell, Robbie Grossman

    According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have lost top scout Mike Leuzinger, the man who signed Josh Bell in 2011. Leuzinger turned down a contract offer and left the organization. He noted that it stung when the Pirates refused the Yankees permission to interview him, and that the losing was wearing...

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