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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Minor Moves: Pirates Bring Back Miles Durham

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 a .249/.299/.404 line in 193 at-bats. I’ve confirmed that Durham is returning to the Pirates as a player/coach. In the past few years I...

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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 in the off-season. He throws 94-97 MPH, but has control issues.

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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 expect them shortly. -JD They were right. The Hanrahan deal was finished after Christmas, as in done today, Boxing Day — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) December 26,...

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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 a year where he had a 5.09 ERA in 134.1 innings in Minnesota. The lefty had a breakout season in 2010 at the age of 26, with a 3.62 ERA in 191.2...

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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, OF A few of these guys we’ve already heard about at the time of their signings. There are a few guys we haven’t...

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