Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Three, Release One

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a few minor league transactions, according to Baseball America.  They have signed three minor league free agents, re-signing catcher Rudy Pena and outfielder Gerlis Rodriguez, and signing right handed pitcher Jose Diaz to a minor league deal.  The Pirates also released left hander Christopher Richardson. Rodriguez was released by the Pirates prior to the 2011 season.  In 2010 he played for the State...

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Pirates Sign Rod Barajas For $4 M

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first addition in the free agent market, signing catcher Rod Barajas to a one year deal with a club option for the 2013 season.  No financial terms are known yet, although Barajas made $3.25 M in 2011. In my preview of the free agent catchers, I listed Barajas as an option that would make sense for the Pirates.  He turns 36 next year, although he’s been durable, with almost 2500 innings...

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Pirates Sign Six Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed six minor league free agents, according to Baseball America.  Returning to the organization are catchers Milver Reyes and Wyatt Toregas.  Reyes was a coach last year, and will likely return to the same role.  Toregas will probably fill the role once again as AAA depth and an emergency catcher if the Pirates happen to need a dozen catchers again this year. The new additions to the organization are 2B...

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Steve Pearce Elects Free Agency

Baseball America reports that Steve Pearce has elected minor league free agency.  Pearce was the only player eligible for minor league free agency that we hadn’t heard about yet, with the other players already electing free agency.  The Pirates outrighted Pearce to AAA after the season, and because he had at least six years of pro experience, he was able to opt for free agency, rather than remaining in the...

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Brian Burres Elects Free Agency

Yesterday we heard that 24 players in the Pittsburgh Pirates system had elected minor league free agency.  Baseball America has an update today on their minor league transactions that left handed pitcher Brian Burres has elected for free agency.  Burres was recently outrighted off of the 40-man roster. That leaves the status of outfielder Steve Pearce up in the air.  Pearce would be eligible for minor league free agency this year,...

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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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