Pirates Sign Dominican Third Baseman

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican third baseman Johan Herrera for $300,000, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Herrera is a 17-year old who is 6′ 1″, 190 pounds. Badler notes that he stands out for his left handed power. He also notes that he has an average arm, and that his bat is ahead of his defense, which could cause a position change down the line. The international tracker has been updated with...

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Pirates Decline Option for Rod Barajas; Pick Up Option for Pedro Alvarez

The Pittsburgh Pirates today exercised the $700,000 option for third baseman Pedro Alvarez for the 2013 season, while declining catcher Rod Barajas’ $3.5 M option (no buyout) for next year. Alvarez’s $700,000 option was expected, as it was a part of his original contract when drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of 2008. Alvarez blasted a career-high 30 home runs during the 2012 season, surpassing his previous mark of...

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Pirates Outright Daniel McCutchen, Jeff Clement, and Eric Fryer

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted Daniel McCutchen, Jeff Clement, and Eric Fryer to Triple-A Indianapolis. We previously heard that Clement and Fryer had been designated for assignment when the team created room for the waiver claims of Chad Beck and Ali Solis. This is the first we’ve heard that McCutchen was removed from the 40-man roster. Fryer has already elected free agency, while Clement and McCutchen can both elect...

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Diamondbacks Claim Gustavo Nunez off Waivers From Pirates

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced via Twitter that they’ve claimed infielder Gustavo Nunez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nunez was the Rule 5 selection by the Pirates last year, but missed the entire year on the 60-day disabled list with an injury that he suffered prior to the Rule 5 draft. The shortstop is regarded as a plus defender, but hasn’t done much with the bat, and has only played as high as Double-A....

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Pirates Claim Two Players, DFA Clement and Fryer

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced a few moves this afternoon. The team claimed right-hander Chad Beck off waivers from Toronto, and catcher Ali Solis off waivers from San Diego. To make room on the 40-man roster, they designated Jeff Clement and Eric Fryer for assignment. Beck, who turns 28 in January, has just 18 innings in the majors, with a 5.50 ERA, a 6.0 K/9, and a 2.5 BB/9 ratio. Last year in Triple-A he had a 1.31 ERA in 48...

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Evan Meek, Drew Sutton Elect Free Agency

Reliever Evan Meek and Utility man Drew Sutton declared free agency on Thursday according to the International League transactions page. Meek was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on September 10th to make room for right-hander Rick vandenHurk on the 40-man roster. Meek posted a 2.74 ERA in relief at Triple-A this season, but has struggled at the Major League level since his All-Star year in 2010. Meek appeared in 12 games with...

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