• Fryer Clears Waivers, Jeroloman Claimed

    The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Eric Fryer for assignment last week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for their Rule 5 additions.  On the same day they claimed catcher Brian Jeroloman from the Toronto Blue Jays, who they designated for assignment to clear a spot for Clint Barmes.  Fryer cleared waivers...

  • Pirates Sign Kyle Cofield, Issue Spring Training Invites

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the signing of six minor league free agents via a team press release.  Five of the six we've already heard about (Jose Diaz, Brandon Boggs, Jake Fox, Shairon Martis, Stefan Welch).  The one name we haven't heard is Kyle Cofield. Cofield is a 6' 5", 220...

  • Pirates Sign Brandon Boggs and Stefan Welch

    Following up on the previous news that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Jake Fox and Shairon Martis, Baseball America's transactions page adds that the Pirates have also signed Brandon Boggs and Stefan Welch. Boggs, an outfielder, has played for Texas and Milwaukee in the majors, spending most of his career in the...

  • Pirates Sign Jake Fox and Shairon Martis

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed utility player Jake Fox and right handed pitcher Shairon Martis to minor league deals, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. Fox turned 29 in July, and has a career .237/.288/.425 line in 489 at-bats in his major league career.  He's played first base, third base, the...

  • Barmes Official, Jeroloman Designated For Assignment

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the signing of Clint Barmes, and have designated catcher Brian Jeroloman for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.  You can read my recap of the Barmes deal here.  The Pirates claimed Jeroloman on Friday off of waivers from Toronto.  If he clears waivers they...

  • Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with shortstop Clint Barmes on a two year deal, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.  We heard previously that the Pirates were the leaders for Barmes, and were close to signing him.  The team hasn't made an official announcement on the move, although the article mentions...

  • Pirates Protect Six Players From the Rule 5 Draft

    The Pittsburgh Pirates added six players to the 40-man roster today, filling out their reserve list to protect those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The Pirates protected Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, and Justin Wilson.  To make room the Pirates have designated outfielder Xavier Paul...

  • Pirates Claim Two, Outright Pagnozzi

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed RHP Jeremy Hefner from San Diego and C Brian Jeroloman from Toronto, the team just announced. Catcher Matt Pagnozzi has been outrighted to Indianapolis.  That leaves four open spots on the 40-man roster for Rule 5 candidates to be protected. Hefner pitched for the Padres' AAA affiliate in...

  • Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Three, Release One

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a few minor league transactions, according to Baseball America.  They have signed three minor league free agents, re-signing catcher Rudy Pena and outfielder Gerlis Rodriguez, and signing right handed pitcher Jose Diaz to a minor league deal.  The Pirates also released left hander Christopher Richardson. Rodriguez was...

  • Pirates Sign Rod Barajas For $4 M

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first addition in the free agent market, signing catcher Rod Barajas to a one year deal with a club option for the 2013 season.  No financial terms are known yet, although Barajas made $3.25 M in 2011. In my preview of the free agent catchers, I...

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