• Pirates, Resop avoid arbitration

    Bill Brink and Rob Biertempfel are reporting that the Pirates have avoided arbitration with reliever Chris Resop, signing him to a one-year deal worth $850,000. Resop posted a 4.39 ERA last year in 69.2 innings in 2011. He has struck out 104 and walked 40 in 88.2 innings since joining the Pirates...

  • Report: Pirates Sign Doug Slaten

    According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates have signed left-handed reliever Doug Slaten to a minor league contract.  Terms are not available yet, but it's likely that Slaten will receive a non-roster invitation to spring training.  Slaten, 31, was a 17th round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2000 and pitched all...

  • Hernandez, Kensing, Morales — Contract Data

    Contract data for Anderson Hernandez, Jose Morales, and Logan Kensing.

  • Pirates Release Four Lower Level Minor Leaguers

    According to Baseball America, the Pirates have released four minor league pitchers.  The four are right-handers Mitchell Fienemann, Jarryd Sullivan, and Joe Parsons, and left-hander Diomedes Mateo.  None of the four had advanced far in the team's farm system.  Fienemann, one of the Pirates' first signees out of Australia, spent one year...

  • Pirates Sign Logan Kensing, Make Jo-Jo Reyes Official

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Logan Kensing, and have made the signing of left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes official, per a team press release. Both pitchers were signed to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training. We heard about the Reyes deal yesterday from Jenifer Langosch. Kensing, 29,...

  • Pirates Sign Jo-Jo Reyes

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. We heard the Pirates were interested in Reyes back in December. Reyes is 27 yeas old has a career 6.05 ERA in 334.2 innings in the majors, with a 5.8 K/9,...

  • Greg Picart and the Value of Organizational Players

    Greg Picart appears to have re-signed with the Pirates. We spend a lot of time talking about the top young prospects in the organization, and for good reason. The main purpose of a farm system is to produce talent for the big league team. Minor signings don't usually get a lot of...

  • Pirates Agree to Terms with Anderson Hernandez

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with infielder Anderson Hernandez, per a team press release. Hernandez, a switch hitter, has 643 career at-bats in the majors, with a .241/.300/.314 line. He spent the 2011 season with Houston's AAA affiliate, hitting for a .300/.366/.400 line in 510 at-bats. Hernandez has spent most...

  • Pirates Sign Jeff Clement, Ryota Igarashi

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first baseman Jeff Clement and right handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi to minor league deals, per a team press release. Both players will receive invites to Spring Training. We heard about Igarashi at the end of last week. The right hander has struggled in his Major League career...

  • Pirates Sign Kris Johnson

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed pitcher Kris Johnson to a minor league deal, according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. Johnson turned 27 in October, and has spent his entire career in the Boston minor league system. The former first round pick has spent parts of the previous three years...

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