Pirates sign Octavio Dotel, DFA Anthony Claggett

UPDATE 3:16 PM: Kovacevic notes that Brendan Donnelly will be the primary set-up man.  That would make Hanrahan and Meek the middle relievers.  That makes for a strong bullpen, and a low pressure role for the two long term relievers.  Also in that link, Neal Huntington says the roster is pretty much set.  That makes sense.  Looking at the Spring Training tracker, you’ve got four spots still open....

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Pirates designate Steven Jackson for assignment

To make room for Ryan Church, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Steven Jackson for assignment.  The 40-man roster is currently at 40 after these moves and the addition of Brandon Jones earlier today.  Another spot still needs to be cleared to make room for an Octavio Dotel signing, although a trade might be in the works to create that spot. The 2010 40-Man roster/payroll page is updated with this...

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Pirates and Zach Duke agree to $4.3 M contract

UPDATE 9:32 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Duke will make $4.3 M in 2010.  The 2010 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated.  It’s not a good estimate, as it accounts for Brendan Donnelly, Ryan Church, and Brandon Jones.  Since we don’t know which player of Donnelly and Church isn’t official yet, I didn’t want to remove one or the other.  Once a move is made to clear space, the 2010...

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Pirates claim Brandon Jones off of waivers

UPDATE 4:46 PM: Kind of a vague comment by Rob Biertempfel on Twitter suggesting that Pirates fans shouldn’t get too attached to Jones.  The Pirates had the second waiver claim, which means only the Nationals had a chance to claim him.  Jones probably has some trade value, and I’d imagine someone from the 28 remaining teams would be interested.  Is this a claim and trade move by the Pirates?  Or am I...

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What is Zach Duke worth?

The deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration numbers is today, Tuesday January 19th, at noon.  The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with three players eligible for arbitration.  They signed Ronny Cedeno to a $1,125,000 deal, and non-tendered Matt Capps, which leaves Zach Duke as the only player who has yet to reach an agreement.  If a deal is not reached by noon today, Duke and the Pirates must...

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