Pirates Release Fernando Nieve

The Pittsburgh Pirates have given Fernando Nieve his unconditional release, according to a team press release.  Nieve was just cut from Spring Training yesterday, and assigned to minor league camp.  He has a career 4.61 ERA in 185.2 innings in the majors, and is 28 years old.  He wouldn’t have made the starting rotation in Indianapolis, and might not have been a candidate for the bullpen, which explains his release.  The Pirates...

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Pirates Release Atkins, Cut Two

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released infielder Garrett Atkins, and cut Fernando Nieve and Justin Thomas from major league camp, cutting their Spring Training roster down to 41 players. That group of players does not include Kevin Hart, who is on the disabled list. All three players were non roster invitees. Atkins was set to make $800 K if he made the majors. He was competing with Josh Fields and Andy Marte for a bench spot, although...

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Updates On The Non-Roster Invitees

This spring the Pittsburgh Pirates invited 22 non-roster players to their major league camp for spring training. Now just under a month into the camp, 16 of them still remain with the big league squad. In this article I will breakdown the performance of each individual player going into Sunday along with, in my opinion, their chances of making the opening day roster. First, I will start with the players who did not survive the first...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Indianapolis Indians preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  A few of the players from the starting pitching preview will eventually factor in to the bullpen as well.  Overall, the bullpen isn’t that important.  Even when players have success, it doesn’t guarantee success in the majors.  Last year the Pirates had...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Indianapolis during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the biggest area of focus for the 2011 Indians: the starting pitchers. It’s no secret that the biggest need for the Pirates in the majors is starting pitching.  The first wave of starting pitching prospects should start to arrive this year, with most of the top pitching prospects...

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