Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Bench

After a series of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, prior to the club’s workout at PNC Park, the Pirates bench has become clear. The Pirates have decided to carry an extra bat to start the season, rather than an extra arm in the pen. Matt Hague, Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro all made the club on the bench. Last seasons bench consisted of players such as Matt Diaz, Jason Jaramillo, Xavier Paul and Brandon Wood. The Pirates...

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Pirates Notebook: Barajas, Barmes Defense Helping Club

BRADENTON, Fla. — Over the offseason, the Pirates were looking to upgrade their defense both at shortstop and behind the plate. Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas signed with Pittsburgh, and so far this spring they have made the staff better. Barmes, 33, signed a two-year deal in November. Since 2003, Barmes has posted a 7.2 career UZR/150 at shortstop in over 3700 innings. “Barmes is just a dependable defender,” Pirates...

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Competition At First Can Fuel Guys Forward

BRADENTON — Competition can be a good thing. It can fuel guys forward. Over the offseason, the Pirates acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Milwaukee Brewers for reliever Jose Veras. The Pirates entered Spring Training with a draw up of Garrett Jones and McGehee platooning at first base. Jones, 30, finished the 2011 season with a .243 average, 16 home runs and 68 RBI. McGehee, 29, finished 2011 with the Brewers hitting .223...

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McGehee Looking to Start Over After Nightmare Season

BRADENTON — This offseason infielder Casey McGehee said his first goal was to step as far away from baseball as he could. After the Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated from the playoffs, McGehee turned off the post season games and the World Series. “I didn’t want to talk about it, look at it, anything,” McGehee said Tuesday at Pirate City. I just needed to clear my head and get away from it. I had to get to the point...

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Pirates and Casey McGehee Reach Pre-Arb Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Casey McGehee have reached a pre-arbitration deal, per a team press release. The two sides had submitted figures and were set to have a hearing next week, although this deal prevents that hearing. McGehee had submitted a figure of $2.725 M, while the Pirates submitted for $2.35 M. Terms of the agreement between the two sides aren’t known. The mid-point was $2,537,500. UPDATE 10:44 AM: The two sides...

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