Pirates Acquire Corey Wimberly

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Oakland Athletics prospect Corey Wimberly, according to Wimberly himself on Twitter.  The Pirates sent Ryan Kelly to the Athletics, according to Jane Lee of MLB.com.  Wimberly, who turned 27 in October, reached the AAA level in 2010, with a .284/.373/.354 line in 531 at-bats, and 56 stolen bases.  Wimberly has played second base, shortstop, third base, left field, and center field.  He has...

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Pirates Sign Garrett Atkins to a Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Garrett Atkins to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training.  Atkins played for Colorado for seven years, combining for a .289/.354/.457 line in 2788 at-bats.  However, he’s been on the decline in recent years. Atkins had a career year in 2006, with a .329/.409/.556 line and 29 homers in 602 at-bats.  In 2007 he was strong, with a .301/.367/.486 line, and 25 homers in 605...

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Pirates Claim Aaron Thompson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson off of waivers from the Washington Nationals, according to the team’s official Twitter feed.  To make room, they designated reliever Wilfredo Ledezma for assignment. Thompson was a first round pick for the Florida Marlins in 2006.  He was acquired by the Nationals in 2009 in exchange for Nick Johnson.  Thompson reached the AAA level for the first time in...

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Joe Martinez Designated for Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Joe Martinez for assignment, clearing space for Kevin Correia to be added to the 40-man roster.  The 40-man roster, which has been at 41 men since Friday, is now back to 40. Martinez was acquired in the Javier Lopez trade with the San Francisco Giants last year, along with John Bowker.  In 19.2 innings in 2010 between the Giants and Pirates, Martinez put up a 4.12 ERA, along...

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Contract Details for Correia, Olsen, and Fields

Jennifer Langosch has the contract details for three of the newly signed Pirates: Kevin Correia As we know, Correia will receive a $2 M signing bonus, and $3 M annual salaries in 2011 and 2012.  He also has the following incentives and performance bonuses: In 2012, Correia can receive $100,00 each for 170 innings, 180 innings, 190 innings, 200 innings, and 210 innings.  He can also receive $125,000 each for 26 games started, 28 games...

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Pirates Re-Sign Tyler Yates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed reliever Tyler Yates, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  This is a minor league contract, and presumably includes an invite to Spring Training, similar to when the Pirates re-signed Yates last year. They first acquired the right handed reliever in 2008, in a trade with the Atlanta Braves prior to the season.  Yates went down with an elbow injury in May 2009, and underwent Tommy John...

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