Pirates Sign Kyle Cofield, Issue Spring Training Invites

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the signing of six minor league free agents via a team press release.  Five of the six we’ve already heard about (Jose Diaz, Brandon Boggs, Jake Fox, Shairon Martis, Stefan Welch).  The one name we haven’t heard is Kyle Cofield. Cofield is a 6′ 5″, 220 pound right hander who pitched in the Chicago White Sox system last year.  Between the AA and AAA levels he...

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Pirates Sign Brandon Boggs and Stefan Welch

Following up on the previous news that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Jake Fox and Shairon Martis, Baseball America’s transactions page adds that the Pirates have also signed Brandon Boggs and Stefan Welch. Boggs, an outfielder, has played for Texas and Milwaukee in the majors, spending most of his career in the Texas system.  He has a career .209/.315/.380 line in 326 major league at-bats.  He turns 29 in January and has...

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Pirates Sign Jake Fox and Shairon Martis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed utility player Jake Fox and right handed pitcher Shairon Martis to minor league deals, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Fox turned 29 in July, and has a career .237/.288/.425 line in 489 at-bats in his major league career.  He’s played first base, third base, the two corner outfield positions, and has caught in his four year major league career.  We heard rumors during the season...

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Barmes Official, Jeroloman Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the signing of Clint Barmes, and have designated catcher Brian Jeroloman for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.  You can read my recap of the Barmes deal here.  The Pirates claimed Jeroloman on Friday off of waivers from Toronto.  If he clears waivers they can outright him to AAA. UPDATE 2:58 PM: No official word yet on Barmes’ salary, other than the rumored $10.5 M for...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with shortstop Clint Barmes on a two year deal, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.  We heard previously that the Pirates were the leaders for Barmes, and were close to signing him.  The team hasn’t made an official announcement on the move, although the article mentions that Barmes was taking a physical today, which usually comes before the announcement. In the article by...

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Pirates Protect Six Players From the Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates added six players to the 40-man roster today, filling out their reserve list to protect those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The Pirates protected Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, and Justin Wilson.  To make room the Pirates have designated outfielder Xavier Paul and catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.  Here is a rundown of each player that was added to the roster. Matt...

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