Pirates Prospects » Transactions http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:28:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Minor Moves: Vin Mazzaro Added to Indianapolis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/minor-moves-vin-mazzaro-added-to-indianapolis.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/minor-moves-vin-mazzaro-added-to-indianapolis.html#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:44:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76333 The Pittsburgh Pirates have added Vin Mazzaro to the Indianapolis roster, per an Indianapolis Indians press release. To make room for Mazzaro, Josh Kinney has been transferred to the Jamestown roster.

Mazzaro recently cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A.

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Jeff Locke Activated From the DL, Optioned to Triple-A http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jeff-locke-activated-from-the-dl-optioned-to-triple-a.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/jeff-locke-activated-from-the-dl-optioned-to-triple-a.html#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:22:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76208 The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Jeff Locke from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned him to Indianapolis. Locke made his final rehab start on Wednesday night, striking out ten batters in six innings in Bradenton. I wrote about how Locke looked during that start. Yesterday I asked whether Locke had a spot in the Pirates’ rotation. At the moment there isn’t a spot open for him, which is why this move isn’t much of a surprise. However, if Wandy Rodriguez continues to struggle, Locke could be one of the challengers for his rotation spot.

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Vin Mazzaro Accepts Assignment to Indianapolis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/vin-mazzaro-accepts-assignment-to-indianapolis.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/vin-mazzaro-accepts-assignment-to-indianapolis.html#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:57:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76168 After being designated for assignment and then clearing waivers, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vin Mazzaro has decided to accept his minor league assignment. He will eventually report to the Indianapolis Indians, but for now, he has been assigned to the Jamestown roster since he hasn’t pitched since the end of Spring Training.

Mazzaro had the option to become a free agent because he has more than three years of service time and this was the second time he was designated for assignment. He is likely the top option to fill in as a reliever if the bullpen should suffer any injuries, although as a short-term fill-in, someone else would likely take the role since he isn’t on the 40 man roster now. Mazzaro lost out on the last bullpen spot this Spring Training and the Pirates were unable to find any takers on the trade market.

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Vin Mazzaro Clears Waivers, Has Three Days to Accept Assignment to Indianapolis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/vin-mazzaro-clears-waivers-has-three-days-to-accept-assignment-to-indianapolis.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/vin-mazzaro-clears-waivers-has-three-days-to-accept-assignment-to-indianapolis.html#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:55:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=76008 Vin Mazzaro has cleared outright waivers and has been outrighted to Indianapolis, per the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mazzaro now has three days to accept or reject the assignment. Mazzaro was outrighted to Triple-A once before, prior to the 2013 season. Because this is his second time being outrighted to the minors, he can refuse the assignment and become a free agent. Mazzaro also has the right to decline an outright assignment because he has more than three years of service time.

Mazzaro could opt for free agency, and negotiate a deal with any other team as a minor league free agent. That would put him in the same situation he’s in now with the Pirates, but with a chance to try and find a better opportunity or more money. Currently he’s making $950,000, which he would get if he accepts the outright assignment. If he elects free agency, his contract would be terminated, and the Pirates wouldn’t owe him anything else the remainder of the season.

It’s surprising that another team didn’t want Mazzaro, when all they would have had to pay in the end was the waiver fee and his $950,000 salary. There are a lot of teams around the majors who seemingly need bullpen help at the Major League level. At this point I would be surprised if Mazzaro does sign with another team. Any team that needs him now, could have had him for his $950,000 salary. So it’s unlikely that a team that needs him will offer him that same deal or better as a free agent.

The Pirates currently have an open spot on the 40-man roster. If Mazzaro stays, he would likely be the first person to be called up for the bullpen if an injury occurs, taking that open 40-man spot. The Pirates can’t place him on the 40-man roster before an injury occurs, since he’s out of options and would need to be on the 25-man roster once he’s placed on the 40-man roster.

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Minor Moves: Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes To The Disabled List http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/minor-moves-harold-ramirez-and-barrett-barnes-to-the-disabled-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/minor-moves-harold-ramirez-and-barrett-barnes-to-the-disabled-list.html#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:09:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75936 We heard last night that West Virginia outfielders Harold Ramirez and Barrett Barnes both left their game early and for both of them, it looked like hamstring injuries. It’s a problem which has plagued Barnes throughout his pro career. Today, both players were placed on the disabled list.

Austin Meadows, who was supposed to be the third starter in the West Virginia outfielder, is also out due to a hamstring injury. He is in Extended Spring Training.

The Power have added infielder Adam Landecker and outfielder Justin Maffei to the active roster to take their place.

The Pirates now have six players among their top 18 prospects on the disabled list. Besides the three West Virginia outfielders, Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes are out for the year and Tyler Glasnow is in Extended Spring Training, where he is getting ready to return from a back injury.

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Pirates Announce Three-Year Extensions For Huntington and Hurdle http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/pirates-announce-three-year-extensions-for-huntington-and-hurdle.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/pirates-announce-three-year-extensions-for-huntington-and-hurdle.html#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 19:12:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75726 The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced on Saturday that they have signed three-year extensions with both General Manager Neal Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle. Both deals also come with 2018 options.

Huntington previously received a contract extension in 2011. The deal ran through the 2014 season, with an option for 2015. Hurdle was extended prior to the 2013 season, buying out his 2014 season and giving him an option for 2015.

Pirates President Frank Coonelly and Chairman Bob Nutting both issued statements on the extensions:

“Neal and Clint have led a team of baseball professionals, in the front office and on the field, that has transformed the Pittsburgh Pirates into a club that again must be reckoned with in the National League,” said Coonelly. “We are extremely pleased that they will continue to lead this team in Pittsburgh.”

“I have a tremendous amount of personal respect and appreciation for the impact that Neal, Clint and their staffs have had on our organization,” said Nutting. “My expectation has been and remains that they, led by Frank, will continue to play a lead role in our success for years to come.”

During Spring Training, Bob Nutting was asked whether there was any movement towards extensions for Huntington and Hurdle. Nutting declined to comment on any contract talks, but expressed that both men knew their value to the organization.

“I think what’s important to me is that they understand, and the organization understands that they’ve been critical pieces in getting us here, and my expectation is they’re going to be critically important pieces as we move forward to the future,” Nutting said at the time on Hurdle and Huntington. Hurdle was also asked about extension talks, and said that he wasn’t concerned with that topic.

The extensions follow a season where the Pirates won 94 games, and made it to game five of the NLDS. The Pirates also have been ranked as having one of the top three farm systems in the game, which speaks well to Huntington, as he inherited a barren farm system in 2008.

UPDATE 3:39 PM: According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates are now working on extensions for other assistant GMs and coaches.

The Assistant General Managers are Greg Smith and Kyle Stark.

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Stetson Allie Joins the Altoona Curve http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/stetson-allie-joins-the-altoona-curve.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/stetson-allie-joins-the-altoona-curve.html#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:22:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75607 As expected, Stetson Allie has joined the Altoona Curve, now that he’s recovered from him oblique injury. Earlier in the week I reported that Allie had one more rehab game left in extended Spring Training before heading out to Altoona. As it turns out, he didn’t actually miss any time with Altoona, since last night’s game was postponed. Allie will be the starting first baseman, and is a big breakout candidate this year.

To make room on the roster for Allie, outfielder Junior Sosa was assigned to the Jamestown roster.

Also a couple other roster moves for Altoona. Pitchers Kenn Kasparek and Quinton Miller were placed on the disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Brandon Mann was added to the roster.

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Pirates Release Quincy Latimore and Erick Fernandez http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-release-quincy-latimore-and-erick-fernandez.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-release-quincy-latimore-and-erick-fernandez.html#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:35:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75126 The Pittsburgh Pirates have released two minor leaguers, Pirates Prospects has learned. Outfielder Quincy Latimore and catcher Erick Fernandez have both been let go by the organization. Both players were signed as minor league free agents over the Winter.

Quincy Latimore was originally drafted by the Pirates in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He spent six seasons in the organization, before being trade to the Cleveland Indians last year for Jeanmar Gomez. Latimore split the 2013 season between the Indians organization and the Washington WildThings of the independent Frontier League. The Pirates resigned Latimore this February.

Erick Fernandez was signed as catching depth in January. He is 25 years old and has never played above A-ball. Fernandez spent most of last year in the Washington Nationals organization.

Earlier in the day, the Altoona Curve set their Opening Day roster.


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Pittsburgh Pirates Set Opening Day Roster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-set-25-man-roster.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-set-25-man-roster.html#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:45:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75149 The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that first baseman Travis Ishikawa was added to the 40 man roster, among a plethora of moves to get the Opening Day roster to the 25 man limit. As expected, catcher Chris Stewart was placed on the disabled list. Jeff Locke was also placed on the disabled list. Both moves are retroactive to March 21st.

The final move was Andy Oliver being outrighted to Indianapolis. He was out of options, so he needed to clear waivers before being sent to the minors. Also dropped from the 40 man roster was reliever Vin Mazzaro, who was designated for assignment today.

The Final Roster

Starting Pitchers: Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volzquez, Wandy Rodriguez, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton

Bullpen: Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Bryan Morris, Tony Watson, Justin Wilson, Stolmy Pimentel, Jeanmar Gomez

Catchers: Russell Martin, Tony Sanchez

Infielders: Neil Walker, Gaby Sanchez, Clint Barmes, Jordy Mercer, Pedro Alvarez, Josh Harrison, Travis Ishikawa

Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Travis Snider, Jose Tabata

UPDATE 2:13 PM: Thoughts from Tim Williams:

Nothing unexpected here. I wrote about Mazzaro in the other article. Oliver didn’t have a chance to make the team, and it’s not a big surprise that he cleared waivers, since another team would have had to place him on the active roster with a claim. The Pirates can send him to the minors for one season and try to turn him around before he’s eligible for minor league free agency at the end of the year.

The move to put Locke on the DL is a bit surprising, only because he will just go to Indianapolis and rehab. If they would have optioned him, he would have gone to Indianapolis to do the same thing. I don’t know if this is a requirement where they have to place him on the DL, but either way he will be doing the same thing. The one advantage this gives them is that they’ll have an extra pitcher with Indianapolis (Locke wouldn’t count against the team’s 25-man roster). That’s beneficial, since Jameson Taillon will miss a month, and Locke won’t be fully stretched out at the start of the year.

With Oliver and Mazzaro being removed from the 40-man roster, and Ishikawa being the only guy added, the Pirates now have one open spot on the 40-man roster.

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Pirates Designate Vin Mazzaro For Assignment, Bullpen Set http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-designate-vin-mazzaro-for-assignment-bullpen-set.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirates-designate-vin-mazzaro-for-assignment-bullpen-set.html#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:33:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75146 The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right-handed reliever Vin Mazzaro for assignment, setting their bullpen for Opening Day. The last two spots were down to Stolmy Pimentel, Jeanmar Gomez and Mazzaro after the Pirates announced Bryan Morris made the roster yesterday.

This move isn’t unexpected. Mazzaro was the guy I expected to be the odd man out for the majority of Spring Training. Coming into camp it looked like Morris could be the odd man out, but his stuff was really impressive, and obviously impressed the Pirates. The Pirates love Stolmy Pimentel and his arsenal, to the point that he was getting a starter’s workload this Spring. That left Gomez and Mazzaro, and Gomez has more value due to his success in a lot of different roles last year.

The Pirates now have ten days to trade Mazzaro, or put him on waivers. I’m guessing there will be a few teams calling about a trade, and I don’t think he’ll end up on waivers. His value really doesn’t change much. The Pirates have to trade him now, but that really isn’t any different than where they were before this move. Everyone knew that they had four relievers for three bullpen spots, and that they needed to trade one of them. Now we know that Mazzaro is that guy. The return will really depend on how many teams need a reliever, and whether those teams feel they need to offer more to beat out other potential bidders.

I don’t expect the return to be massive. The Pirates had a similar situation last year with Chris Resop. They traded him early, and got Zack Thornton for him. Thornton is now a depth option for Indianapolis. I also don’t think we’ll see a two birds with one stone scenario where they trade a reliever and get a first baseman. I’d expect the return to be similar to Resop, with the Pirates getting a depth option.

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