Creating Space on the 40-Man For Sanchez and Inge

The Pirates committed roster spots to Jonathan Sanchez and Brandon Inge today, which means they will eventually have to create spots on the 40-man roster for each player. Both players were Article XX-B free agents, which means the team had until today to either commit a roster spot to them, pay them a $100,000 bonus to retain their services as a minor league free agent, or release them. That’s a new classification this year,...

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Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Rotation

With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker. The Pirates have done a lot since the trade deadline to address the starting rotation. They acquired Wandy Rodriguez...

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Francisco Liriano’s Revised Deal

As if Francisco Liriano’s situation wasn’t already strange, his new contract adds a twist. The left-hander previously agreed to a two-year, $12.75 M deal. After his fall in the bathroom, Liriano’s deal was revised, and finally made official today. The new agreement was a one year deal with a vesting option for 2014. Tom Singer was the first to mention that Liriano’s new deal only guarantees him $1 M in 2013....

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Francisco Liriano Passes Physical, Deal Now Official

Ken Rosenthal reports that left-hander Francisco Liriano has passed his physical, and that the deal is finally official. Liriano passed physical. Deal with #Pirates finally official. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 8, 2013 There hasn’t been official word from the Pirates, but if he has passed the physical then the only thing remaining would be the press release. It looks like the Liriano saga is over. UPDATE...

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First Pitch: The Starting Pitching Depth

With yesterday’s news that the Pirates were adding Jonathan Sanchez, and today’s news that they’re still on track to sign Francisco Liriano, the starting pitching scene is getting crowded. Here is a breakdown of all the options who are either currently on the team, or in the case of Sanchez/Liriano, expected to sign. Guarantees for the Rotation A.J. Burnett - Burnett had a 3.51 ERA in 202.1 innings last year, and his...

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