Pirates call up Neil Walker and Virgil Vasquez

The Pirates have called up third baseman Neil Walker, and pitcher Virgil Vasquez with Major League rosters expanding today. The 25-Man Roster has been updated, along with the 40-man roster/payroll projection. Walker recently complained that there was a bias towards Neal Huntington acquired players, and that he was being held back due to being a Dave Littlefield prospect. He backed those comments up by hitting for a .339 average in the...

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Pirates claim Jonathan Meloan

UPDATE 5:22 PM: Tyler Yates was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room for Meloan. The following pages have been updated: -2009 40-man roster/payroll-Future Payroll Commitments-2009 25-man roster – The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right handed reliever Jonathan Meloan off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to the Tampa Tribune. Meloan, who is 6’3″, 225 pounds, was designated for...

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After the Deadline: A look at the payroll

Since I was gone all last week, providing minimal updates to the site, I spent the last two days updating all of the content in the “Features” section. Now that I have everything updated, I plan on reviewing these updates over the next few days, with dedicated posts for each topic. The first topic is always a favorite amongst Pirates fans: the payroll. After all of the trades, I saw a $31 M number being thrown around. I...

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Pirates demote Steve Pearce and Steven Jackson

According to Dejan Kovacevic on the PBC Blog, the Pittsburgh Pirates have sent Steve Pearce and reliever Steven Jackson to AAA. Jackson was sent down to make room for Donald Veal, who was activated off of the disabled list today. I wrote the other day that I thought Jackson should be the guy to go down. Jackson’s two scoreless innings today kind of confirmed it, as it seemed the Pirates wanted to save the bullpen arms that would...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

NOTES: 1. All salaries in bold are official.2. All ages are as of the start of the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates season.3. The 2009 payroll estimate includes a $1 M buyout for Matt Morris.4. Donald Veal is a Rule 5 pick from the Cubs. In order to make the team, he has to remain on the major league roster all season. If the Pirates decide at any point not to keep him on the major league roster, he must be offered back to the Cubs for...

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