John Bowker to be Designated for Assignment

To make room for Xavier Paul on the 25-man roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates will cut John Bowker today.  Since Bowker is out of options, the Pirates will have to designate him for assignment, giving them ten days to trade, waive, or release the left handed hitting outfielder. Bowker was acquired by the Pirates at the trade deadline in 2010, along with Joe Martinez, in exchange for Javier Lopez.  The Pirates designated Martinez for...

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Pirates Claim Xavier Paul

  The Pirates have claimed Paul. According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed outfielder Xavier Paul, who was recently designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Paul is a left handed hitting outfielder who is 5′ 9″, and 205 pounds. In his 146 at-bat career with the Dodgers, he has a .233/.280/.329 line, which includes a 3-for-11 line this year.  The 26 year old has a career...

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Rodriguez Designated for Assignment, Ciriaco Recalled

Following up on the waiver claim of Brandon Wood, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Josh Rodriguez for assignment, and have recalled Pedro Ciriaco, the team announced today.  As Colin Dunlap mentions, Ciriaco is likely up just to fill the roster spot until Wood arrives with the team. As for Rodriguez, he will be placed on waivers.  If he clears waivers, the Pirates have to offer him back to the Cleveland Indians.  They can try to...

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Pirates Claim Brandon Wood

The Pirates have claimed Wood. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed Brandon Wood.  The move is not unexpected, as earlier this morning Colin Dunlap mentioned that the Pirates were certain to make a claim on the former Angels’ top prospect. Rosenthal also tweets that Wood could get a shot at shortstop, as the team has not been happy with Ronny Cedeno.  I’ve already mentioned a few times that Wood...

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Garrett Olson Clears Waivers, Outrighted to AAA

According to Colin Dunlap, Garrett Olson has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Indianapolis.  The Pirates claimed the left handed reliever in the middle of March, at a time when Joe Beimel was injured and expected to miss the start of the regular season.  Beimel recently returned, and his addition to the roster forced the Pirates to waive Olson. Olson will be eligible for minor league free agency after the season.  With...

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Pirates Sign Blaine Boyer, Brett Sinkbeil

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Blaine Boyer and Brett Sinkbeil to minor league deals, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  Both pitchers are right handers, and both have experience in the majors, although Sinkbeil’s experience is limited to two innings.  Eddy suggests each could be bullpen options, which is most likely what they will be used as in AAA. Boyer is 29, and was recently released by the New York Mets,...

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