Luis Cruz placed on waivers

According to Jennifer Langosch, Luis Cruz has been placed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The move would create space on the 40-man roster for a Rule 5 selection.  Teams have until Tuesday, December 8th at 5:00 PM to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for a Rule 5 pick.  Once Cruz clears through the waiver process (or gets claimed by another team) a space will be open. This also gives an early indication of what...

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40-Man Roster is set

The Pittsburgh Pirates have set their 40-man roster, by adding Brad Lincoln, Gorkys Hernandez, Bryan Morris, and Ramon Aguero today. To make room for these players, the Pirates designated Jeff Karstens, Justin Thomas, and Robinzon Diaz for assignment. I’m surprised that Diaz was designated for assignment. The Pirates now have ten days to try and trade him, although he could be claimed off of waivers by another team (and...

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Upcoming 40-Man Roster Decisions

This week should be a very active week as far as roster moves go. Taking a look at the calendar on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki site, we see that Friday November 20th marks two important periods: the deadline for 40-man rosters to be set, and the start of free agency. I don’t expect the Pirates to be overly active on the latter front, but they have a lot of moves to make in order to set the 40-man rosters. The Pirates currently have...

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Pirates DFA Vasquez, Hacker, and Lerud

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated three players for assignment. Those players are Virgil Vasquez, Eric Hacker, and Steve Lerud. All three players will have ten days to be traded, claimed by another team, or released. The likely outcome would be that the players either get claimed by another team, and added to that team’s 40-man roster, or they would be assigned to the Pirates’...

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Pirates claim Justin Thomas

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Justin Thomas off of waivers from the Seattle Mariners. Thomas put up a 4.48 ERA and a 53:40 K/BB ratio in 60.1 innings at AAA in 2009. In 2008, Thomas had a 4.32 ERA in 118.2 innings in AA, with a 106:56 K/BB ratio in 2008, and a 3.71 ERA with a 21:9 K/BB ratio in 17 AAA innings in 2009. He also pitched four innings in the majors, allowing three runs on nine hits, with two...

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