• Zach Stewart Claimed off Waivers by the White Sox

    According to MLBTR, Zach Stewart has been claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. The Pirates designated Stewart for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Jeff Karstens. Stewart was acquired earlier in the off-season from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. The Pirates...

  • Pirates Add Two More Non-Roster Invitees

    I was checking the MLB.com transactions page tonight, and noticed that Carlos Paulino was assigned to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which is the wording used when a player receives a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Paulino is a catcher who has never caught above high-A, but has some strong defense highlighted by a...

  • Pirates Finalize Agreement With Francisco Liriano

    According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized their two-year deal with Francisco Liriano. Rosenthal has the details below: https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/293451456579792898 https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/293451466524467200 I'm guessing that the first year salary would include performance bonuses for either playing time, or days on the active roster. That's the only way I could see a team...

  • 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...

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