• Pirates Decline Option for Rod Barajas; Pick Up Option for Pedro Alvarez

    The Pittsburgh Pirates today exercised the $700,000 option for third baseman Pedro Alvarez for the 2013 season, while declining catcher Rod Barajas' $3.5 M option (no buyout) for next year. Alvarez's $700,000 option was expected, as it was a part of his original contract when drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round...

  • Pirates Outright Daniel McCutchen, Jeff Clement, and Eric Fryer

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted Daniel McCutchen, Jeff Clement, and Eric Fryer to Triple-A Indianapolis. We previously heard that Clement and Fryer had been designated for assignment when the team created room for the waiver claims of Chad Beck and Ali Solis. This is the first we've heard that McCutchen was removed...

  • Diamondbacks Claim Gustavo Nunez off Waivers From Pirates

    The Arizona Diamondbacks announced via Twitter that they've claimed infielder Gustavo Nunez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nunez was the Rule 5 selection by the Pirates last year, but missed the entire year on the 60-day disabled list with an injury that he suffered prior to the Rule 5 draft. The...

  • Pirates Claim Two Players, DFA Clement and Fryer

    The Pittsburgh Pirates announced a few moves this afternoon. The team claimed right-hander Chad Beck off waivers from Toronto, and catcher Ali Solis off waivers from San Diego. To make room on the 40-man roster, they designated Jeff Clement and Eric Fryer for assignment. Beck, who turns 28 in January, has just...

  • Evan Meek, Drew Sutton Elect Free Agency

    Reliever Evan Meek and Utility man Drew Sutton declared free agency on Thursday according to the International League transactions page. Meek was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on September 10th to make room for right-hander Rick vandenHurk on the 40-man roster. Meek posted a 2.74 ERA in relief at Triple-A this season, but has struggled...

  • Minor Moves: Pirates Re-Sign Kris Johnson

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed left-hander Kris Johnson, according to Baseball America's minor league transactions. Johnson split time this year between Double-A and Triple-A, serving as an upper level organizational player whenever one team needed an extra starter. He combined for a 3.19 ERA in 101.2 innings, and made 13 starts, with...

  • Evan Meek Outrighted to Triple-A

    Per the MLB.com transactions page, relief pitcher Evan Meek has been outrighted to Indianapolis. The right-hander was designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for Rick VandenHurk. His outright assignment means the Pirates will retain him in the organization for now. However, Meek has enough time in...

  • Pirates Recall Chase d’Arnaud, Bryan Morris; DFA Evan Meek

    The Pittsburgh Pirates today recalled Chase d'Arnaud and Bryan Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis. They also selected the contract of Rick VandenHurk from Triple-A. In order to make room on the 40-man for VandenHurk, Evan Meek was designated for assignment. d'Arnaud posted a .252/.325/.383 line over 98 games at Triple-A this season. d'Arnaud...

  • Oscar Tejeda Outrighted to Altoona

    Last week Oscar Tejeda was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Jeff Clement. According to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t to MLBTR), Tejeda has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Altoona. Tejeda was claimed off of waivers earlier this year from the Boston Red Sox. He...

  • Starling Marte Returns From Disabled List

    Outfielder Starling Marte has been recalled from his rehab assignment and activated from 15-day disabled list. He is in the Pirates starting lineup batting second and playing in left field today. Marte was placed on the disabled list on August 19 due to a right oblique strain that he suffered running the...

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