Travis Ishikawa Designated For Assignment to Make Room for Ike Davis
Apr19

Travis Ishikawa Designated For Assignment to Make Room for Ike Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Travis Ishikawa for assignment in order to make room on the 25-man roster for Ike Davis. The move was expected, as Davis is coming in to fill Ishikawa’s old role on the active roster. The Pirates already had an open spot on the 40-man roster, which Davis took. However, the DFA of Ishikawa means that the 40-man is currently at 39, with one open spot. Ishikawa has enough service time that he...

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Chris Stewart Activated From the Disabled List, Tony Sanchez Optioned
Apr19

Chris Stewart Activated From the Disabled List, Tony Sanchez Optioned

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned Tony Sanchez to Triple-A. The move was expected, once Stewart returned from his knee injury, which he suffered during Spring Training. I broke down the reasons for sending down Sanchez for Stewart about two weeks...

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Pirates Trade For Ike Davis
Apr18

Pirates Trade For Ike Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded for first baseman Ike Davis, per a team press release. Chris Cotillo first reported that a deal was done. The Pirates gave up minor league reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later to get Davis. Davis currently has a .742 OPS in 30 plate appearances this year. In his career, he has an .828 OPS against right-handers, which is the role in the first base platoon that he is expected to cover....

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Minor Moves: Vin Mazzaro Added to Indianapolis
Apr12

Minor Moves: Vin Mazzaro Added to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added Vin Mazzaro to the Indianapolis roster, per an Indianapolis Indians press release. To make room for Mazzaro, Josh Kinney has been transferred to the Jamestown roster. Mazzaro recently cleared waivers and accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A.

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Jeff Locke Activated From the DL, Optioned to Triple-A
Apr11

Jeff Locke Activated From the DL, Optioned to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Jeff Locke from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned him to Indianapolis. Locke made his final rehab start on Wednesday night, striking out ten batters in six innings in Bradenton. I wrote about how Locke looked during that start. Yesterday I asked whether Locke had a spot in the Pirates’ rotation. At the moment there isn’t a spot open for him, which is why this move isn’t...

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Vin Mazzaro Accepts Assignment to Indianapolis
Apr10

Vin Mazzaro Accepts Assignment to Indianapolis

After being designated for assignment and then clearing waivers, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vin Mazzaro has decided to accept his minor league assignment. He will eventually report to the Indianapolis Indians, but for now, he has been assigned to the Jamestown roster since he hasn’t pitched since the end of Spring Training. Mazzaro had the option to become a free agent because he has more than three years of service time and...

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