• Pirates Agree to Terms With Garrett Jones

    We received the filing numbers for Neil Walker and James McDonald about three hours ago, but haven't heard anything yet on Garrett Jones. Tom Singer of MLB.com wrote the following: However, indications were strong that the club had reached an agreement with Jones and was merely working through some necessary preliminaries before...

  • Pirates Exchange Figures With Neil Walker, James McDonald

    The Pittsburgh Pirates exchanged arbitration figures with Neil Walker. Jon Heyman has the details. https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/292396495112638464 Walker was projected for $2.9 M, so his estimate salary will go up regardless of which side wins. The two sides could still meet in the middle. They're only $600,000 apart, so you'd think a deal wouldn't...

  • Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Gaby Sanchez

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year, $1.75 M deal with Gaby Sanchez, according to the Beverly Hills Sports Council on Twitter. The two sides will avoid arbitration. https://twitter.com/BHSCouncil/status/292309579918888961 Sanchez was projected to make $1.8 M by MLBTR, so this doesn't change the 2013 40-man payroll projection much. His bonuses...

  • Pirates Make Karstens Signing Official, DFA Zach Stewart

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the signing of Jeff Karstens official, via a team press release. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated right-hander Zach Stewart for assignment. Stewart was acquired earlier this off-season for Kyle Kaminska. The 2013 payroll page has been updated with Karstens' estimated salary. UPDATE...

  • Pirates Sign Brad Hawpe, Invite Cole and Taillon to Spring Training

    Per a team press release, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder/first baseman Brad Hawpe, and have made the Lucas May signing official. Both players will be invited to Spring Training as non-roster invitees. In the same release the Pirates announced that Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon would both receive an invite to...

  • Pirates Bring Back Jeff Karstens on a One Year Deal

    Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have brought Jeff Karstens back on a one year deal. https://twitter.com/BrinkPG/status/290950241258184704 The decision to non-tender Karstens was a questionable move earlier in the off-season. Karstens has a history of injuries the last few years, but when healthy in the last two years...

  • Pirates Sign Australian Pitcher Nick Hutchings

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed another sixteen-year-old out of Australia. After signing shortstop Sam Kennelly in July, they signed pitcher Nick Hutchings in November. Hutchings has been playing with the Adelaide Bite of the Australian Baseball League and doing well in his limited time. The 6' 2", 165 pound right-hander has made four...

  • Pirates Sign Lucas May

    According to Baseball America, the Pirates have signed minor league catcher Lucas May. He has played part of one season in the majors, 2010 with the Royals. May was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2003 draft. The Royals acquired him as part of the...

  • Pirates Acquire Jeanmar Gomez From Cleveland for Quincy Latimore

    According to Keith Law, the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded outfielder Quincy Latimore to the Cleveland Indians for right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez. https://twitter.com/keithlaw/status/289101241362046976 Gomez has thrown 206.2 innings in the majors, with a career 5.18 ERA. He doesn't have impressive ratios, with a 4.9 K/9, a 3.1 BB/9 and a 1.2 HR/9. Most...

  • Pirates Release Rick VandenHurk

    According to the Pittsburgh Pirates Twitter feed, the Pirates have asked for release waivers on RHP Rick VandenHurk, so he will be allowed to sign with a foreign club. With the move, the 40-man roster now sits at 39 players. That doesn't include Francisco Liriano, who has yet to officially sign. VandenHurk...

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