Pirates Trade Brian Friday for Christian Marrero

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded infielder Brian Friday to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Christian Marrero. Friday once looked like the shortstop of the future in Pittsburgh, with a .287/.365/.387 line in 341 at-bats in high-A in 2008, at the age of 22. He has since struggled at the plate, and has become more of an organizational player. Marrero has split time this year between Double-A and Triple-A. In 194 at-bats in Triple-A,...

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Marte to Make Debut; Hernandez Optioned

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several moves on Thursday. Outfielder Gorkys Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was added to the 25-man roster. Rodriguez was acquired from the Houston Astros on Tuesday night in exchange for three prospects. He will make his Pirates debut on Saturday in Houston. In order to move him into the rotation, the Pirates have sent right-hander Kevin Correia to the bullpen....

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Starling Marte Will Join the Pirates in Houston Tomorrow, Meek Demoted

Per Kristy Robinson on Twitter, the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to call up outfielder Starling Marte tomorrow. Marte is hitting for a .286/.348/.500 line this year in 384 at-bats in Triple-A. UPDATE: Evan Meek has been demoted and the Pirates have officially announced the move.

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Pirates Acquire Wandy Rodriguez from Astros

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Wandy Rodriguez and cash from the Houston Astros. The Pirates sent prospects Robbie Grossman, Coltan Cain and Rudy Owens in exchange in the deal. The Pirates will cover $1.7 M the rest of this season, $8.5 M in 2013, and $7.5 M in 2014 if the option is exercised. The Astros pay about $12 M in the deal. Rodriguez, 33, has a 3.79 ERA over 21 starts with Houston this season. The left-hander has a...

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Evan Meek Recalled from Triple-A; Juan Cruz Placed on DL

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled right-handed reliever Evan Meek from Triple-A Indianapolis and placed righty Juan Cruz on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. The move was retroactive to July 18. Meek posted a 2.21 ERA over 27 appearances at Triple-A with 23 walks and 30 strikeouts over 36.2 innings. Meek appeared in 10 games with Pittsburgh this season and posted a 7.59 ERA. Cruz posted a...

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Pirates Sign Venezuelan Outfielder

According to Eduardo Ceccato of El Tiempo, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Venezuelan outfielder Alexis Bastardo. The article says that Bastardo is a 6.4-6.5 runner with a 60 arm. Bastardo is a center fielder, but can play right field because of the arm. He’s a talented hitter and fielder, according to the article. The article also mentions that Bastardo is 16 and signed on July 2nd, but I’ve learned that both are...

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