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 (AAA), Donald Veal (Hi A) C: Jhoanel Jimenez (DSL), Rudy Pena (AA),...

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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 numbers, with a 2.84 ERA in 44.1 innings, along with a 32:12 K/BB ratio.  He’s yet to make the successful jump to the majors,...

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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.  The move opens a 6th spot on the 40-man roster.  The 40-man roster/payroll projection has been updated with the move....

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Pirates Outright Four Players to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted left handed pitcher Brian Burres, right handed pitcher Kevin Hart, infielder Brandon Wood, and outfielder Steve Pearce to AAA Indianapolis, according to a team press release.  All four players have the option of electing for minor league free agency. Pearce was eligible for Super Two status, but had trouble staying on the field the last two years.  Hart was eligible for a league minimum salary,...

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Pirates Decline All Four Club Options

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced that they’ve declined the club options for Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, and Paul Maholm.  We heard earlier that Maholm and Snyder would be officially declined.  The only move that comes as a surprise is Cedeno, who had a $3 M option with a $200 K buyout, and played strong defense this year. By declining the options, the Pirates enter the off-season looking for help at...

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Pirates Complete Matt Diaz Trade

The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed the Matt Diaz trade, acquiring right handed pitcher Eliecer Cardenas from the Atlanta Braves as the player to be named later. The 23-year-old Dominican native went 4-3 with seven saves and a 2.11 ERA in 45 minor league games this season, striking out 76 batters in 59.2 innings.  Cardenas finished the season with Lynchburg in the Carolina League where he posted a 0.79 ERA in 56.2 innings, with an...

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