Pirates Agree to Deal With Jason Grilli

Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a pre-arbitration deal with relief pitcher Jason Grilli for $1.1 M.  The deal is about $300 K more than the MLBTR estimate for Grilli.  The Pirates acquired Grilli from Philadelphia last year due to a clause in Grilli’s contract that said the Phillies had to release him if another team wanted him on their major league club.  After joining...

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Pirates Trade Jose Veras for Casey McGehee

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded relief pitcher Jose Veras to the Milwaukee Brewers for third baseman Casey McGehee, per a team press release. Veras was profiled as a non-tender candidate in my article earlier today. McGehee, meanwhile, became expendable when Milwaukee signed Aramis Ramirez to a three year deal earlier this afternoon. McGehee is coming off a year where he hit for a .223/.280/.346 line in 546 at-bats. In 2010 he had...

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Jeremy Hefner Claimed By the Mets

The New York Mets have claimed right handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN. Hefner was originally acquired by the Pirates off of waivers from the San Diego Padres on November 18th. He was waived last week to make room for Yamaico Navarro on the 40-man roster. Rubin also notes that the Mets have signed left hander Garrett Olson to a minor league deal. Olson pitched for...

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Jeremy Hefner Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner for assignment in order to make room for Yamaico Navarro on the 40-man roster. Hefner was originally claimed by the Pirates on November 18th, after being designated for assignment by the Padres. The Pirates will have ten days to trade, waive, or release Hefner. If he clears waivers, the team can assign him to AAA.

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Pirates Take Gustavo Nunez in Rule 5, Lose Brett Lorin

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted shortstop Gustavo Nunez from the Detroit Tigers in the 2011 Rule 5 draft. Nunez, 23, has played as high as the AA level. Nunez had a .215/.252/.289 line at the AA level in 121 at-bats, his only at-bats above high-A.  He hit for a .304/.368/.431 line in high-A last year, showing good plate patience. Nunez was the 23rd best prospect in the Detroit farm system heading in to the 2011 season, according...

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Derrek Lee Declines Arbitration

Free agent first baseman Derrek Lee has declined his arbitration offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lee can still sign with the Pirates, and the team is expected to continue pursuing him, although this is more evidence that Lee just didn’t want to play in Pittsburgh. If Lee signs with another team, the Pirates will get a compensation pick in the 2012 draft.

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