Pirates Sign Seven Minor League Free Agents
Dec18

Pirates Sign Seven Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signings of seven minor league free agents today. We had heard previously about Michael Martinez and Brandon Mann, while Kyle McPherson has returned to the organization. On top of those names, also announced today were LHP Adam Wilk, LHP Daniel Schlereth, 1B Travis Ishikawa and RHP Elvin Ramirez. Ishikawa, Martinez, Schlereth, Wilk and McPherson were all invited to Spring Training as...

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Pirates Designate Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid For Assignment
Dec13

Pirates Designate Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the signings of Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes official. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid for assignment. Sands isn’t a surprise, since he was out of options and didn’t fit into the Pirates plans as a top choice for the right field position. He had horrible numbers in Triple-A last year, along with some injury problems. If he clears...

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Pirates Sign Michael Martinez
Dec13

Pirates Sign Michael Martinez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 31-year-old utility player Michael Martinez to a minor league deal and have invited him to Spring Training as a non-roster player according to Chris Cotillo. Martinez has played three years in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies and has seen action at all three outfield spots, as well as second base, third base and shortstop. He provides versatility of defense, but has never hit in the majors....

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes
Dec12

Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes

Buster Olney reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to re-signing shortstop Clint Barmes. Clint Barmes is close to re-signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 12, 2013 Jon Heyman says the two sides have agreed to terms. Barmes headed back to pirates. Details being finalized but he's agreed to return. Olney 1st said close. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 12, 2013 There...

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2013 Rule 5 Draft: Wei-Chung Wang Drafted by the Brewers
Dec12

2013 Rule 5 Draft: Wei-Chung Wang Drafted by the Brewers

The 2013 Rule 5 draft is underway, and the Pittsburgh Pirates surprisingly lost Wei-Chung Wang to the Milwaukee Brewers. The move wasn’t expected for the reason that Wang has only pitched as high as the GCL. It also wasn’t expected because Wang signed his contract in October 2011. Most players from the draft are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft. Wang wouldn’t have...

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Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Edinson Volquez
Dec11

Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Edinson Volquez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year deal with Edinson Volquez, according to Ken Rosenthal. Sources: #Pirates, free-agent RHP Edinson Volquez in agreement on one-year, $5M contract, pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013 I’m not sure what this says about the future of A.J. Burnett. Neal Huntington has said in the past that the Pirates could add a bounce back candidate and still...

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