Pirates Have Invited 11 Non-Roster Players to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have invited the following non-roster players to Spring Training, according to a list given to me today. Brooks Brown, RHP Erik Cordier, RHP Ryan Reid, RHP Kris Johnson, LHP Mike Zagurski, LHP Ali Solis, C Jared Goedert, 3B Matt Hague, 1B Anderson Hernandez, 2B Darren Ford, OF Felix Pie, OF A few of these guys we’ve already heard about at the time of their signings. There are a few guys we haven’t...

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Jason Grilli Returns to Pirates on a Two Year Deal

Ken Rosenthal reports that Jason Grilli is returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates on a two-year deal, pending a physical. Source: Grilli back to #Pirates. Two-year deal. Pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2012 I assume this time it’s real, unlike last Thursday which was full of “he’s signing”, followed by Grilli denying each report. I only assume this one is real because...

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Pirates Trade Kyle Kaminska to Boston to Complete the Zach Stewart Trade

The Boston Red Sox have announced on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded right-hander Kyle Kaminska as the PTBNL for the Zach Stewart trade. Kaminska was originally acquired from the Marlins in the trade that sent Gorkys Hernandez and a compensation pick. He was Rule 5 eligible in today’s draft, but wasn’t picked. It makes sense that the trade was announced after the draft, as the Red Sox would have wanted to...

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2012 Rule 5 Draft Results: Pirates Pass; Pick One and Lose One in Triple-A Phase

The Pittsburgh Pirates opted to pass in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft today, which is the first time they’ve passed on a pick under Neal Huntington. They also didn’t lose a player in the draft. The Pirates can still pick in the minor league portion, which is coming up shortly. UPDATE 10:28 AM: The Pirates took RHP Ethan Hollingsworth from the Kansas City Royals in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft....

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Pirates Acquire Andy Oliver for Ramon Cabrera

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for catcher Ramon Cabrera. Oliver was taken in the second round of the 2009 draft by Detroit, after being considered a first round talent heading into the 2009 season. Oliver had 31.2 innings in the majors, with a 7.11 ERA. He has a 6.5 K/9 and a 6.0 BB/9, struggling with his control numbers. The last time he was in the majors was...

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Matt Hague Outrighted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted first baseman Matt Hague to Indianapolis, according to the MLB.com transactions page. It appears the move happened at the end of last week, although I don’t believe it was announced and this is the first I’ve noticed it. Hague was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates acquired Zach Stewart, Vin Mazzaro, and Clint Robinson in trades. The Indianapolis roster should be...

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