Pirates Place Infielder Nunez on 60-day DL

BRADENTON — In order to make room for right-hander A.J. Burnett on the 40-man roster, the Pirates placed infielder Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list with a right ankle injury. Nunez, 24, was selected from the Detroit Tigers in the Rule-5 draft in December by the Pirates. During the 2011 season, Nunez hit .276 with 13 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 26 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 96 minor league games between...

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Burnett Passes Physical, MLB Approves Deal

According to Buster Olney, A.J. Burnett has passed his physical, and Major League Baseball has approved the deal. That makes the trade official. The Pirates will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for Burnett. They are expected to make that move tomorrow.

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Pirates Acquire Burnett from Yankees, pending approval

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates and the New York Yankees have agreed upon a deal sending right-hander A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, pending a physical and approval from the commissioner, Dejan Kovacevic reports.  Under the terms of the deal, the Yankees will be paying $20 M of the $33M remaining on Burnett’s contract over the next two years. The Pirates will pay $5 M of Burnett’s salary for the 2012 season, $8 M for 2013. In...

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Pirates and Casey McGehee Reach Pre-Arb Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Casey McGehee have reached a pre-arbitration deal, per a team press release. The two sides had submitted figures and were set to have a hearing next week, although this deal prevents that hearing. McGehee had submitted a figure of $2.725 M, while the Pirates submitted for $2.35 M. Terms of the agreement between the two sides aren’t known. The mid-point was $2,537,500. UPDATE 10:44 AM: The two sides...

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Jones loses arbitration case to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — First baseman Garrett Jones lost his case to Pittsburgh today and will earn $2.25 million for the 2012 season. This morning the arbitration panel ruled in the favor of the Pirates. The Pirates and Jones each made their cases in front of arbitrators on Wednesday in Florida. Jones, 30, asked for $2.5 million in his first year of arbitration, the Pirates countered with $2.25 million. Jones made $455,500 during the 2011...

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Pirates Sign David Valesente

Matt Eddy of Baseball America, in his latest minor league transactions update, reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed David Valesente out of independent ball. Valesente hit for a .318/.407/.409 line in 154 at-bats last year, playing mostly third base. Valesente attended St. Joseph’s, where he graduated in 2010. He was never drafted, and this will be his first contract with a major league baseball team. He turns 24 years...

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