Pirates Sign Jose Morales to Minor League Deal

Last night we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were closing in on a deal with catcher/first baseman Jose Morales. The Pirates finalized the deal today on a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training, per a team press release. The Pirates now have invited six non-roster invitees to Spring Training.

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Pirates Sign Nick Evans

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first baseman/outfielder Nick Evans to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.  Evans turns 26 in January, and was recently removed from the New York Mets’ 40-man roster after hitting for a .256/.314/.403 line in 176 at-bats in the majors in 2011.  He’s played all of the corner positions in his major league career, along...

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Pirates Release Xavier Paul

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released Xavier Paul after the outfielder cleared waivers.  The team couldn’t outright him to AAA since Paul has more than three years of major league service time. They also can’t re-sign him as a free agent until May 16th, 2012.  His big strength is his speed and defense.  The Pirates have a similar player in Gorkys Hernandez, who has more upside than Paul, so the loss isn’t a major...

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Pirates Offer Arbitration to Derrek Lee

The Pittsburgh Pirates have offered arbitration to free agent first baseman Derrek Lee, and have declined arbitration offers to catcher Chris Snyder and outfielder Ryan Ludwick. If Lee accepts arbitration, the Pirates will have him under contract for the 2012 season, with his arbitration price likely being a raise over his $8.5 M total compensation in 2011.  If he declines, the Pirates will get a first round compensation pick in the...

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Fryer Clears Waivers, Jeroloman Claimed

The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Eric Fryer for assignment last week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for their Rule 5 additions.  On the same day they claimed catcher Brian Jeroloman from the Toronto Blue Jays, who they designated for assignment to clear a spot for Clint Barmes.  Fryer cleared waivers today and was outrighted to AAA.  Jeroloman, on the other hand, was claimed by Toronto, returning to his old team.

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Pirates Sign Kyle Cofield, Issue Spring Training Invites

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the signing of six minor league free agents via a team press release.  Five of the six we’ve already heard about (Jose Diaz, Brandon Boggs, Jake Fox, Shairon Martis, Stefan Welch).  The one name we haven’t heard is Kyle Cofield. Cofield is a 6′ 5″, 220 pound right hander who pitched in the Chicago White Sox system last year.  Between the AA and AAA levels he...

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