Pirates Notebook: No Reason Meek’s Velocity Won’t Return

BRADENTON, Fla. –Right-hander Evan Meek is working on getting back to the All-Star pitcher that he was in 2010. After posting a 2.14 ERA over 70 appearances in 2010, Meek battled right shoulder tendonitis for most of last season, appearing in just 24 games with Pittsburgh. For some pitchers, it can take a while to regain their velocity in spring training, needing to build up their arm strength and innings. Meek, who last season...

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Grilli Ready to Compete in the ‘Pen

BRADENTON — Whenever Pirates reliever Jason Grilli was given the ball last season with Pittsburgh, he thrived. Grilli pitched from the 5th inning on during the 2011 season, but it was in the back end of the ‘pen that Grilli enjoyed the most. “I hope that’s my role,” Grilli said of pitching towards the back of the bucco bullpen. “I’ve always taken the ball whenever it’s been given to me, whatever inning that is....

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Analyzing the Non-Tender Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a somewhat busy day today. They swapped arbitration eligible players with the Milwaukee Brewers, reached a pre-arbitration deal with Jason Grilli, non-tendered Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo, and tendered offers to the rest of the players who were without contracts in 2012. In the biggest move of the day, the Pirates traded Jose Veras to the Milwaukee Brewers for Casey McGehee.  I projected Veras as a...

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Pirates Agree to Deal With Jason Grilli

Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a pre-arbitration deal with relief pitcher Jason Grilli for $1.1 M.  The deal is about $300 K more than the MLBTR estimate for Grilli.  The Pirates acquired Grilli from Philadelphia last year due to a clause in Grilli’s contract that said the Phillies had to release him if another team wanted him on their major league club.  After joining...

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Pirates Have Eight Arbitration Decisions Due Today

The deadline to tender offers to arbitration eligible players is at midnight tonight. The Pittsburgh Pirates have eight players who are eligible for arbitration. Here is a rundown of what to expect by the end of the night, along with projected arbitration values, as projected by MLB Trade Rumors. Joel Hanrahan – $4,000,000 Hanrahan is a lock to be tendered. He’s a huge value for his production out of the closer role,...

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