Pirates Re-Sign Donald Veal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed Donald Veal to a minor league contract, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  Veal was non-tendered two weeks ago, but the Pirates were said to be trying to bring him back. Veal went down early in the 2010 season with Tommy John surgery, and probably won’t return until June 2011.  Had the Pirates tendered him a contract, he would have had to start the season on the disabled list,...

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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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Who Should the Pirates Take in the Rule 5 Draft?

The 2010 Rule 5 draft will be held on December 9th, on the final day of the Winter Meetings.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the first pick in the draft, and are almost certain to make a selection.  There is currently no space on the 40-man roster, although teams don’t have to outright a player off the roster until December 6th, giving the Pirates plenty of time to clear a space. I took a look at some of the most intriguing options...

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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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