Losing Duke, LaRoche and Young

In a somewhat surprising move, the Pirates designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster. It was not surprising that those players were let go, bit I figured the front office would hang on to them until the non-tender deadline in an attempt to make a trade.

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With Duke Cut Free, MLB Should Consider Fixing Arbitration

With the news that the Pirates have designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment, I’m reminded of a long-since-gone article I penned at the old MVN site when the Pirates released Josh Fogg rather than re-sign him.

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Pirates Add Five, DFA Duke, LaRoche, Delwyn

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added five players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft, and designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche, and Delwyn Young for assignment.  The five players added were Jeff Locke, Daniel Moskos, Tony Watson, Kyle McPherson, and as reported here earlier, Michael Crotta. The moves to clear space are a surprise, at least in terms of timing.  With guys like Brian Burres and Chris Leroux on...

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Pirates Winter League Recap: 11/7-11/13

The Mesa Solar Sox went 1-4 this week, and currently sit 13-14.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared this week: -Andrew Lambo played in four games this week, going 4-for-14 (.286) with a homer (4).  Lambo is now hitting for a .304/.354/.511 line on the season. -Tony Sanchez played in four games, going 4-for-15 (.267), with two homers.  Sanchez is now hitting for a .230/.319/.443 line on the season. -Josh Harrison played in four...

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Pirates Winter League Recap: 10/31-11/6

The Mesa Solar Sox went 3-2 this week, and currently sit 12-10, two games behind the Scottsdale Scorpions.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared this week: -Andrew Lambo played in five games this week, going 7-for-19 (.368) with two doubles, and a homer (3).  He also had two errors and an outfield assist.  Lambo is now hitting for a .308/.349/.513 line on the season. -Tony Sanchez played in three games, going 1-for-12 (.083), with...

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