Are the Pirates Moving on From Kubitza and Weiss?

Yesterday it was announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates had signed 17th round pick Ryan Hafner, a prep pitcher with a commitment to Missouri State.  Today, Baseball America announced that Hafner received a $450,000 bonus, which is about $300,000 over the normal maximum “allowed” by Major League Baseball after the fifth round. Hafner’s bonus is currently the second highest bonus so far in the draft for the Pirates,...

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Interview with 7th Round Pick Austin Kubitza

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Austin Kubitza in the seventh round of the 2010 draft, continuing their trend of taking prep pitchers in the middle rounds.  Kubitza was rated the #153 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and has a commitment to Rice, which means he will likely command an over-slot bonus.  Pirates Prospects recently had a chance to interview Austin on being drafted, his history of pitching, and how the...

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Akinori Iwamura Designated for Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Akinori Iwamura for assignment, clearing room for Pedro Alvarez to be added to the 25-man roster.  Iwamura had a very disappointing season with the Pirates, hitting for a .182/.292/.267 line in 165 at-bats.  He was acquired in the off-season in exchange for Jesse Chavez, who coincidentally was optioned to AAA by the Atlanta Braves yesterday. Iwamura has a $4.85 M salary, which the...

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The Jack Wilson/Ian Snell Trade is a Win

Every time someone mentions all of the trades made by the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last two years, the consensus is that the Xavier Nady trade is the only one which stands out as a sure win.  After today, I think it’s safe to say that we can add the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell trade to the win column. It’s not like anything happened today that made the trade suddenly look good.  The trade has looked good for awhile...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker

I will be keeping track of all of the draft pick signings over the summer, leading up to the August 16th deadline at midnight. Below are the players we drafted. To read about these players, check out my draft recaps: -Pirates Draft Jameson Taillon (Round 1) -Day Two (Rounds 2-30) -Day Three (Rounds 31-50) For signings information from every team, check out the MLB Draft Pick Signings Tracker. Signings News: -Pirates sign Kevin Decker...

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