Pirates make final cuts, roster set

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their final cuts and have set their opening day roster, according to Dejan Kovacevic at the PPG.  Steve Pearce was optioned to AAA, while Ramon Vazquez was designated for assignment. The 25-man roster is now set, with D.J. Carrasco, Jack Taschner, Hayden Penn, and John Raynor officially making the team.  The Pirates had to purchase the contracts of Carrasco and Taschner, adding them to the...

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Pirates cut Kratz, Jaramillo the backup catcher

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut catcher Erik Kratz, making it official that Jason Jaramillo will open the season as the backup catcher behind Ryan Doumit. Officially there are five spots that remain open on the 25-man roster, although Delwyn Young is a lock for a bench spot, D.J. Carrasco is a lock for a bullpen spot, and John Raynor and Hayden Penn have good chances of making the team, as the Pirates...

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Upcoming 40-man roster moves

With Spring Training winding down, there will be a lot of roster shuffling this week in order to set the final 25-man.  We already saw Hayden Penn claimed and Brandon Moss designated for assignment today.  My current 25-man roster projection still has two more moves that would need to be made to add the likes of D.J. Carrasco and Jack Taschner, or whoever gets the final bullpen spot (it’s guaranteed to be a player that...

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Spring Training Notes

A few notes/observations to close out the night: -I’m going to Spring Training March 23rd-25th.  I’ll be arriving in Bradenton on the 23rd, going to the Red Sox/Pirates game on the 24th, and either going to the Braves/Pirates game on the 25th, or going to Pirates City for some minor league games over there.  I’m hoping to have some video, as well as a lot of photos.  You can access my updates from...

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D.J. Carrasco's Contract

Jennifer Langosch has some interesting details about the performance bonuses in D.J. Carrasco’s contract.  Carrasco is eligible for $300,000 in performance bonuses.  Usually that is based on an appearance structure, either a 50, 55, 60 appearances type setup for a reliever, or 20, 25, 30 starts type setup for a starter. According to Langosch, Carrasco is on a points system that breaks down like this: -1 point for every...

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