• Chad Beck Claimed off Waivers by Toronto

    Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Chad Beck for assignment to create space for the new additions in the Joel Hanrahan trade. Today the Pirates announced that Beck has been claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto designated him for assignment earlier in the off-season, only for the Pirates to...

  • Minor Moves: Pirates Bring Back Miles Durham

    The Pirates brought back Miles Durham as a player/coach. Baseball America released their latest minor league transactions yesterday. The update included the news that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Miles Durham. Durham spent seven years in the Pirates' system, before being released last year. He went to the Independent leagues and hit for...

  • Pirates Designate Chad Beck For Assignment

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated reliever Chad Beck for assignment. That clears a spot on the 40-man roster for today's trade. Beck can be outrighted to Triple-A if he clears waivers. The right-hander was claimed off waivers in October from Toronto, probably so the Pirates could try to sneak him through later...

  • Pirates Trade Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt to the Red Sox

    After hearing on Sunday that there will be no news on the Pirates and Red Sox deal for Joel Hanrahan until after Christmas, we hear news this afternoon from Peter Gammons on Twitter that the deal is done. No details as of yet, but if he is saying the deal is done, I'd...

  • Pirates to Sign Francisco Liriano

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to sign Francisco Liriano, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The deal is a two year, $14 M deal. Liriano is coming off a season where he had a 5.34 ERA in 156.2 innings between Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox. That followed...

  • 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,...

  • 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. http://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/278240019142021120 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 Rosenthal wasn't involved...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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