Pirates Extend Jose Tabata for Six Years

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Pirates have extended outfielder Jose Tabata for six years and at least $14.75 M guaranteed.  The team also has option years for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons, which would make the contract a total of nine years and $37.25 M.  Tabata would have normally been a free agent in 2017, so this deal buys three years of control. The salary breakdown is as follows: 2011: $500,000 ($1 M...

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Pirates Trade Tim Wood to Rangers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded relief pitcher Tim Wood to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Wood was recently designated for assignment by the Pirates to make room for Ross Ohlendorf, who was coming off of the 60-day disabled list.  Wood struggled in his limited innings with the Pirates this year, with a 5.63 ERA and a 2:8 K/BB ratio in eight innings in the majors.  However, he dominated the...

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Jose Tabata Activated, Pedro Alvarez Optioned

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-instated outfielder Jose Tabata from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned third baseman Pedro Alvarez to AAA.  Prior to his injury, Tabata was batting for a .265 average with a .705 OPS in 257 at-bats in the majors this year.  In his rehab work with Indianapolis, he hit for a .333 average in 33 at-bats, while also getting time in at right field. The demotion of Alvarez isn’t a big surprise....

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Pirates Sign Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first overall pick Gerrit Cole, and second round pick Josh Bell, according to Jon Heyman (Cole, Bell). Cole will get $8 M, and it’s a minor league deal, per Dejan Kovacevic.  The bonus is the highest in draft history, topping the $7.5 M bonus that Stephen Strasburg received.  It’s also a record for the Pirates. Josh Bell gets $5 M.  That’s the fourth biggest bonus given out by the...

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Pirates Sign Clay Holmes

According to Jim Callis, the Pirates have signed 9th round pick Clay Holmes.  Callis mentions that the asking price for Holmes was $1.2 M, and he’s believed to have gotten it.  That would be a record for a 9th round pick, and is equal to what Zack Von Rosenberg got in the 6th round in 2009, if the bonus is correct. We knew that Holmes was close to signing.  I mentioned late last week that the two sides were meeting to discuss...

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Vincent Payne, Orlando Castro Promoted to West Virginia

Right handed pitcher Vincent Payne and left handed pitcher Orlando Castro have been promoted from the State College Spikes to the West Virginia Power.  To make room on the West Virginia roster, Brooks Pounders and Kevin Decker have been placed on the disabled list. Payne threw 27.2 innings in State College this year out of the bullpen, with a 5.20 ERA and a 21:11 K/BB ratio.  He also made one appearance in West Virginia earlier in the...

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