Pirates Release Ernesto Frieri
Sep08

Pirates Release Ernesto Frieri

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right-handed pitcher Ernesto Frieri, according to Matt Eddy’s minor league transactions on Baseball America. Frieri was outrighted to Triple-A last month after struggling with the Pirates. If he would have declined his outright assignment, he would have given up the remainder of his $3.8 M salary. Now that the Pirates have released him, he is guaranteed that salary, which is no different than...

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Michael Martinez and Chris McGuiness Clear Waivers
Sep07

Michael Martinez and Chris McGuiness Clear Waivers

Both infielder Michael Martinez and first baseman Chris McGuiness have cleared waivers and they were both outrighted to AAA Indianapolis. The Pittsburgh Pirates designated both players for assignment within the last week while making room on 40-man roster for John Holdzkom and Chase d’Arnaud. Martinez had multiple stints for the Pirates, hitting .128/.209/.154 in 39 at-bats over 25 games. McGuiness spent the entire year in...

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Pirates Call Up Six Players, Including Gregory Polanco, Jeff Locke, and John Holdzkom
Sep02

Pirates Call Up Six Players, Including Gregory Polanco, Jeff Locke, and John Holdzkom

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up six players from Indianapolis today. Jeff Locke, Casey Sadler, John Holdzkom, Bobby LaFromboise, and Gregory Polanco were all recalled. They also purchased the contract of Chase d’Arnaud, while designating Michael Martinez for assignment. Locke, Polanco, and Holdzkom were on optional assignment in Triple-A, and are eligible to return now that the Indianapolis season is over. Locke will be...

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Pirates Add John Holdzkom to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Chris McGuiness
Sep01

Pirates Add John Holdzkom to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Chris McGuiness

The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher John Holdzkom and have optioned him to Triple-A, per a team press release. The announcement said that the move happened last night, which means Holdzkom was added to the 40-man roster in time to qualify for the playoff roster. They had to option him to Indianapolis, since rosters hadn’t expanded yet when he was added. The optional assignment will be...

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Pirates Add Gerrit Cole, Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel to Active Roster
Sep01

Pirates Add Gerrit Cole, Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel to Active Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled catcher Tony Sanchez, starter Gerrit Cole and activated pitcher Stolmy Pimentel from the disabled list. With rosters expanding today, the Pirates added these three players for their game with the Cardinals, with more likely to come tomorrow after the Indianapolis season ends. The Indians play their last game this afternoon. Sanchez has been hitting well recently, collecting three hits in three of...

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Locke optioned, Morel called up
Aug30

Locke optioned, Morel called up

In a paper move to get the most usable players on the roster before they expand on September 1st, the Pirates have optioned Jeff Locke and called up Brent Morel. Locke is still in line to start on Tuesday against the Cardinals, just as Gerrit Cole, who was optioned yesterday, will start on Monday.

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