Cesar Lopez, Alen Hanson Promoted to State College

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right handed pitcher Cesar Lopez and infielder Alen Hanson to the State College Spikes from the GCL Pirates.  Earlier today we heard that Lopez and Hanson were two of eight players who have joined State College from the GCL level.  The other six players, including 2011 second round pick Josh Bell, are only with the team working out and taking in the pro...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates International Signing Tracker

We will be keeping track of all of the 2011 international signings made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, with bonus information when available. Below are the players the Pirates have signed. To read about these players, check out the signings news: Signings News: -Pirates sign Leandro Rodriguez (2/8/2011) -Pirates sign Cesar Lopez (3/1/2011) -Pirates sign Adolfo Flores, Juan Mendoza, Edgar Munoz, Anthony Claudio, Keybel Escobar (5/26/2011)...

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Pirates Spent $5 M On International Bonuses in 2010

Today, Baseball America released the international spending figures from the 2010 season, as well as a look at the top 20 bonuses of all time.  The Pittsburgh Pirates finished fourth in the league in overall spending with $5.00 M spent on international bonuses in 2010.  Luis Heredia accounted for over half of that total, signing for $2.6 M.  However, the Pirates spent a combined $2.4 M on the other 30 players they signed. Heredia tied...

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Cesar Lopez Deal Confirmed

A month ago we learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates had signed Cuban pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600,000, thanks to a report from Ben Badler of Baseball America.  Today that signing was confirmed by Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald, via Twitter. MLB Trade Rumors has the following quote from Rene Gayo about Lopez: “Cesar is a very talented player with great character who we believe is a great addition to our organization,” Gayo said. “He has...

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Pirates Sign Cuban Pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600 K

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports on a signing from back in September that hasn’t been announced yet.  The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with Cuban right handed pitcher Cesar Lopez for $600,000 in September.  The deal is still pending the result of Lopez getting his visa. Badler mentions that Lopez is 20 years old, and is a sinker/slider pitcher who can run his fastball up in the low 90s.  The bonus is the second...

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