Jeff Locke and Jared Hughes to be Called Up?

The 2011 Indianapolis Indians season ended today, which means we will see a lot of call-ups tomorrow.  Two of those call-ups appear to be Jeff Locke and Jared Hughes, per a tweet from Daniel Moskos. Locke has made four starts for the Indianapolis Indians, with a 1.93 ERA in 23.1 innings, along with a 19:7 K/BB ratio.  Earlier in the year he put up a 4.03 ERA in 125 innings at the AA level, with a 114:46 K/BB ratio. Hughes has been...

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Alex Presley to be Recalled?

Indianapolis Indians broadcaster Scott McCauley had an interesting tweet tonight: Alex Presley exchanging hugs & shaking hands in the dugout. Go get ‘em Press Presley wasn’t in the lineup tonight, and there’s a good chance that he will be recalled tomorrow.  Aaron Thompson was up for a spot start today in Pittsburgh, but the Pirates need another position player, with a short bench after Ryan Ludwick hit the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Super Two Projections

Yesterday Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reported that the projected Super Two date would be two years and 145 days of service time.  A quick refresher on the Super Two process: -Players are normally paid salaries close to the league minimum when they have less than three years of service time. -Players receive three years of arbitration, starting with their fourth year of service time. -The top 17% of players with 2-3 years of...

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Pirates Discussing Extension With Neil Walker

Earlier today we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were discussing an extension with outfielder Jose Tabata, and recently we’ve learned that Tabata has agreed to a deal that will extend the team’s control of the outfielder through his first three free agent years. Rob Biertempfel also reports that the Pirates are “deep into talks” with second baseman Neil Walker.  He mentions that a deal isn’t imminent,...

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Pirates Discussing Extension With Jose Tabata

According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, the Pittsburgh Pirates are discussing a multi-year extension with outfielder Jose Tabata.  Dierkes mentions that Tabata has recently switched agents as well. Tabata won’t be eligible for arbitration until after the 2013 season, and he won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season.  A multi-year extension would surely cover his remaining control years.  The big...

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Why the Need for Catching Help?

All season we’ve been hearing the Pittsburgh Pirates linked to catchers in the trade market.  There was the interest in Chris Iannetta of the Colorado Rockies.  There was the rumored Garrett Jones for Jeff Mathis trade with the Los Angeles Angels that they ended up turning down. It made sense that the Pirates were looking for catching all throughout the season.  At one point their top two catchers went down in the span of a...

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