Pirates call up Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up top prospects Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata, both of which could make their debuts tonight.  Lincoln definitely will make his debut, as he is the scheduled starter against Washington. Lincoln was on fire in the month of May, with a 2.38 ERA in five starts for Indianapolis, spanning 34 innings, with a 31:4 K/BB ratio.  In his two most recent starts, Lincoln combined for 11 shutout innings,...

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Pirates Notebook: Could Pearce or Walker be on the way?

It seems like every night I’ve got some post talking about upcoming roster moves, the roster moves that were made that day, and any other contingency that could affect the roster moves.  Tonight we’ve got a new batch of updates, leading to some speculation. First, the Pirates designated John Raynor for assignment, and purchased the contract of Jeff Karstens, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Karstens will start...

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Pirates release Ramon Vazquez

The Pittsburgh Pirates unconditionally released infielder Ramon Vazquez, who was designated for assignment on Sunday in order to set the Opening Day roster.  Vazquez is now a free agent, able to sign with any team.  The Pirates are on the hook for the full $2 M salary that Vazquez was owed in 2010, although they would be relieved of up to $400 K if another team signs him this season. On a related note, MLB Trade Rumors had a...

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Opening Day Payroll Projection

The 2010 40-man roster payroll projection for the opening day roster is now complete.  Thanks to USA Today for the salaries of the league minimum players.  The Pirates are currently projected for a $37,276,750 payroll in 2010.  That number includes the players on the 40-man roster who are not on the 25-man roster, plus the $2 M owed to Ramon Vazquez. Bobby Crosby, Javier Lopez, Brendan Donnelly, Ryan Church, Zach Duke,...

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Octavio Dotel contract details

Dejan Kovacevic reports that Octavio Dotel will make $3.25 M in 2010, with a $4.5 M option in 2011.  That option includes a $250 K buyout.  The deal includes performance bonuses based on games finished, although those bonuses are unknown.  The deal also comes with a clause that makes the option a mutual option, should Dotel get traded.  While this doesn’t prevent the Pirates from potentially trading Dotel, it...

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