The Pirates signed two draft picks today, Tyler Waldron (RHP - 5th round) and Vincent Payne (RHP - 12th round).
Pirates' president Frank Coonelly announced today that general manager Neal Huntington and manager John Russell had their contracts extended through 2011 this past offseason. This information had not been made public previously.
To make room for Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates designated Aki Iwamura for assignment today.
The Pirates designated reliever Jack Taschner for assignment tonight, and optioned Jeff Clement to Triple-A Indianapolis. Taschner will be replaced by Brad Lincoln, but the second roster move will not be announced until Wednesday. There are unconfirmed rumblings that Jose Tabata will be the one promoted to Pittsburgh.
According to John Russell, Neil Walker will receive the majority of playing time at second base moving forward. This pushes Aki Iwamura to the bench. With Iwamura out of the lineup, Andrew McCutchen has moved back to the leadoff spot.
Jen Langosch reports that Brian Burres will remain in the rotation and Jeff Karstens will move to the bullpen when Ross Ohlendorf returns from the disabled list on Monday.
Jen Langosch reports that Steve Pearce will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis tomorrow.
The Pirates announced that Brian Burres will make his second start of the season on Thursday.
The Pirates have claimed Marlins' pitcher Hayden Penn off waivers. Penn is out of options, so he must be placed on the 25-man roster. A corresponding roster move must be made to make room for him on the 40-man as well. UPDATE (3:20 PM): Jen Langosch reports that the Pirates have...
Jen Langosch reports that the Pirates have agreed to a long-term deal with Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. FSN will televise a minimum of 150 games per season in high definition, beginning in 2010. ... To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article...