Pirates Re-Sign Burres

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed left handed pitcher Brian Burres to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training, according to Jennifer Langosch.  Burres was non-tendered by the Pirates last month, although the Pirates expressed interest in bringing him back.  Burres is out of options, and if he had been tendered a contract, he would have had to make the opening day roster, or be designated for assignment. Burres...

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Recapping the Non-Tender Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered four players and re-signed two arbitration eligible players prior to the non-tender deadline.  The Pirates re-signed Ronny Cedeno to a one year, $2 M deal with an option for the 2012 season, and re-signed Jeff Karstens to a one year, $1.1 M deal.  Joel Hanrahan and Ross Ohlendorf also received tender offers, although no deal is in place for either player yet.  The Pirates also non-tendered four...

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Pirates Non-Tender Milledge, Diaz, Veal, and Burres

The Pittsburgh Pirates have non-tendered four players prior to the non-tender deadline, letting go of Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donald Veal, and Brian Burres.  Milledge was the only one of the group of four who was arbitration eligible, becoming eligible for the first time this year. The non-tender of Milledge is a bit of a surprise, as he had some strengths, despite a sub-par 2010 season.  Milledge had a .277/.332/.380 line in...

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What’s the deal with Brian Burres?

Last night, Brian Burres made his third consecutive impressive start since returning to the rotation on September 6th. Over that span, he has allowed just five runs and one walk in 20 innings, while striking out 12.

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Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players, very few of whom have established themselves as solid major leaguers.  Many of the players who were acquired as major leaguers, or near-ready major leaguers, are out of options.  Many of the...

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