• Pirates Protect Six Players From the Rule 5 Draft

    The Pittsburgh Pirates added six players to the 40-man roster today, filling out their reserve list to protect those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The Pirates protected Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, and Justin Wilson.  To make room the Pirates have designated outfielder Xavier Paul...

  • Pirates Claim Two, Outright Pagnozzi

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed RHP Jeremy Hefner from San Diego and C Brian Jeroloman from Toronto, the team just announced. Catcher Matt Pagnozzi has been outrighted to Indianapolis.  That leaves four open spots on the 40-man roster for Rule 5 candidates to be protected. Hefner pitched for the Padres' AAA affiliate in...

  • Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Three, Release One

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a few minor league transactions, according to Baseball America.  They have signed three minor league free agents, re-signing catcher Rudy Pena and outfielder Gerlis Rodriguez, and signing right handed pitcher Jose Diaz to a minor league deal.  The Pirates also released left hander Christopher Richardson. Rodriguez was...

  • Pirates Sign Rod Barajas For $4 M

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first addition in the free agent market, signing catcher Rod Barajas to a one year deal with a club option for the 2013 season.  No financial terms are known yet, although Barajas made $3.25 M in 2011. In my preview of the free agent catchers, I...

  • Pirates Sign Six Minor League Free Agents

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed six minor league free agents, according to Baseball America.  Returning to the organization are catchers Milver Reyes and Wyatt Toregas.  Reyes was a coach last year, and will likely return to the same role.  Toregas will probably fill the role once again as AAA depth and an...

  • Steve Pearce Elects Free Agency

    Baseball America reports that Steve Pearce has elected minor league free agency.  Pearce was the only player eligible for minor league free agency that we hadn't heard about yet, with the other players already electing free agency.  The Pirates outrighted Pearce to AAA after the season, and because he had at least...

  • Brian Burres Elects Free Agency

    Yesterday we heard that 24 players in the Pittsburgh Pirates system had elected minor league free agency.  Baseball America has an update today on their minor league transactions that left handed pitcher Brian Burres has elected for free agency.  Burres was recently outrighted off of the 40-man roster. That leaves the status...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Free Agents

    The following Pittsburgh Pirates have elected for minor league free agency, per Baseball America: RHP: Jose Ascanio (AAA), Anthony Claggett (AA), Nelson Figueroa (AAA), Sean Gallagher (AAA), Kevin Hart (AAA), Aaron Heilman (AAA), Steven Jackson (AAA), Brett Sinkbeil (AA), Tyler Yates (AAA) LHP: Dan Meyer (AAA), Garrett Olson (AAA), Justin Thomas (AAA), Aaron Thompson...

  • Pirates Sign Tim Wood

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed reliever Tim Wood to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, per a team press release.  Wood played in the Pirates' organization in 2011, including throwing eight innings in the majors.    In his time in AAA he put up some impressive...

  • Pirates Outright Aaron Thompson to AAA

    Along with the moves that were announced earlier today, the Pittsburgh Pirates have also outrighted left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson to AAA Indianapolis.  This is the second time Thompson has been outrighted off of the 40-man roster, which means he can elect to be a free agent, rather than accepting the assignment....

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