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 return for outfielder Scott Podsednik at the 2010 trading deadline. The 28-year-old May spent 2012 at AAA Buffalo in the Mets organization. He hit...

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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. Cleveland has traded RHP Jeanmar Gomez to Pittsburgh for minor league OF Quincy Latimore — keithlaw (@keithlaw) January 9, 2013 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....

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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 went 13-5, 2.92 in 21 appearances for Indianapolis last season, 19 as a starter. He also made four appearances for the...

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Pirates Announce 2013 Minor League Managers and Coaches

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their 2013 minor league managers and coaches today. Here is the breakdown. The Managers Indianapolis: Dean Treanor will return for his third season in Indianapolis. Altoona: Carlos Garcia was promoted to Double-A after spending two seasons managing in Bradenton. He replaced P.J. Forbes, who left the organization earlier this off-season. Bradenton: Frank Kremblas will take over as the manager in...

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Report: Mike Ryan to be the Next Manager in West Virginia

The Pittsburgh Pirates created a vacancy in West Virginia when they promoted 2012 manager Rick Sofield to the majors. Sofield will take over as the first base coach for the Pirates in 2013, while leaving West Virginia looking for a manager. Chuck McGill of the Charleston Daily Mail reports that the new manager in West Virginia will be Mike Ryan. Ryan spent parts of five seasons in the majors, with most of his time coming in Minnesota....

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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 claim him. This is the second year in a row this has happened with Toronto. Last year they designated catcher Brian...

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