Pirates Mulling Swap With Athletics?

Rob Biertempfel of the Trib reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are mulling a swap with the Oakland Athletics that would include left handed pitcher Craig Breslow and outfielder Josh Willingham.  Biertempfel mentions that Garrett Jones would likely be out the door, although I’m not sure if that means it would be a Jones for Willingham/Breslow swap. Breslow is making $1.4 M this year, and would be under team control for the 2012...

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Jason Jaramillo Activated From AAA Disabled List

The Indianapolis Indians have activated catcher Jason Jaramillo from the AAA disabled list, and have sent Wyatt Toregas to Altoona.  Jaramillo had been on the disabled list for over a month, recovering from an elbow injury.  In 26 rehab at-bats in the Gulf Coast League, Jaramillo had a .192/.323/.308 line.  With Jaramillo healthy, the question has to be raised as to whether we will see him in the majors.  He would likely only replace...

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Pirates acquire Jason Grilli

The Pirates have acquired Jason Grilli from the Phillies. Grilli has pitched for the AAA team of the Phillies all year.

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Minor League Moves: Castro, Rodriguez

Two minor league transactions this morning: -Orlando Castro has been promoted from the GCL Pirates to the State College Spikes.  Castro was dominating the GCL, putting up a 0.72 ERA in 25 innings, with a 22:2 K/BB ratio.  He also pitched three shutout innings in West Virginia earlier this year.  I profiled him earlier this week.  Fraylin Campos has been transferred to the GCL Pirates. -Josh Rodriguez has been promoted from Altoona to...

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Pirates Sign Yunesky Sanchez, Release Jose Hernandez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league free agent Yunesky Sanchez, and have assigned him to Altoona.  Sanchez, who spent four years in the Arizona organization from 2007-2010, has yet to play a professional game this year, after being released by the Diamondbacks out of Spring Training.  He has played all four infield positions in his career, spending most of his time at shortstop.  He’s not really much of a prospect,...

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Pirates Sign Third Round Pick Alex Dickerson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed third round pick Alex Dickerson, a first baseman out of Indiana University.  Dickerson was rated the 42nd best prospect overall in the 2011 draft by Baseball America.  He’s a left hander who gets his value from his bat, with average to plus power, and the ability to hit for power to all fields. He only hit nine homers in 2011, although he was bothered by back problems, and was pitched around....

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