Minor Moves: Barrett Barnes to the DL, Pirates Sign Erik Turgeon

Catching up on some roster moves that took place yesterday in the farm system: **2012 compensation pick Barrett Barnes was placed on the 7-day disabled list. No reason was given in the press release, but I’ve learned that he’s out with a lower leg stress related injury. He’ll be out for a few days, and then the Pirates will reevaluate him and determine what type of return to play progression is in order. **The...

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Pirates Sign International Catcher Yoel Gonzalez

According to the Dominican Prospect League baseball site, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 16 year old catcher Yoel Gonzalez. Gonzalez wasn’t eligible to sign until today, when he turned 16. The DPL site says he signed for $350,000. He’s 6′ 1″, 175 pounds, and a righty/righty. The scouting report on the site notes that he’s a mature receiver behind the plate, who receives the ball cleanly and blocks...

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Daniel McCutchen Optioned; Chad Qualls Added

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned right-handed reliever Daniel McCutchen to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room on the active roster for Chad Qualls. Qualls was acquired from the New York Yankees yesterday for first baseman Casey McGehee. McCutchen was recalled on Tuesday but did not make a relief appearance.

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Pirates Deal Casey McGehee for Chad Qualls

UPDATE 4:27 PM: Sherman updates that it’s $250,000. UPDATE 4:25 PM: Sherman reports that the Pirates are sending $225,000 to the Yankees as part of the deal. That will probably come out of the $11.5 M the Yankees are sending the Pirates for A.J. Burnett. UPDATE 4:11 PM: Qualls is under team control through the end of the year. He’s making $1.15 M this year, and not having a good year. In 38.2 innings he has a 4.89 ERA...

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Pirates Acquire Gaby Sanchez and Prospect From Marlins

UPDATE 3:24 PM: Peter Gammons reports the Pirates also received minor league right-handed reliever Kyle Kaminska in the deal. Kaminska has been pitching for Double-A, and currently has a 5.11 ERA in 49.1 innings, with a 42:9 K/BB ratio. He’s 23 years old. Kaminska wasn’t a top 30 prospect in Baseball America’s rankings of the Marlins’ system, and rated as the 9th best right handed relief prospect. After being...

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Pirates Designate Drew Sutton For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated infielder Drew Sutton for assignment, per a team press release. The move was made to create a spot on the 25-man roster for relief pitcher Daniel McCutchen, who Kristy Robinson reported earlier would be getting the call to the majors to replace Brad Lincoln. Sutton hit for a .243/.278/.419 line in 74 at-bats with the...

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