This Date in Pirates History: January 4

On this date in 1993, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent outfielder Lonnie Smith to a one year contract. Smith was 37 at the time of the deal, a veteran of 15 major league seasons who had hit .247 with 6 homers and 33 RBIs in 84 games for the Braves in 1992. He had stolen as many as 68 bases in a season, four times topping 40 but since stealing 25 bases in 1986, he had topped 10 steals just once in the last six seasons. He hit...

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Who Should the Pirates Take in the Rule 5 Draft?

The 2010 Rule 5 draft will be held on December 9th, on the final day of the Winter Meetings. ┬áThe Pittsburgh Pirates have the first pick in the draft, and are almost certain to make a selection. ┬áThere is currently no space on the 40-man roster, although teams don’t have to outright a player off the roster until December 6th, giving the Pirates plenty of time to clear a space. I took a look at some of the most intriguing options...

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John Raynor returned to the Marlins

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates returned 2010 Rule 5 draft selection John Raynor to the Florida Marlins.  Raynor was designated for assignment last week in order to make room for extra pitching help.  He only saw 11 plate appearances with the Pirates, hitting for a .200/.273/.200 line, with his two hits being singles. Rob Biertempfel reports that the Marlins refused the trade offers made by the Pirates, and decided to keep...

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Pirates Notebook: Could Pearce or Walker be on the way?

It seems like every night I’ve got some post talking about upcoming roster moves, the roster moves that were made that day, and any other contingency that could affect the roster moves.  Tonight we’ve got a new batch of updates, leading to some speculation. First, the Pirates designated John Raynor for assignment, and purchased the contract of Jeff Karstens, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Karstens will start...

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Raynor designated for assignment to make room for Karstens

Jeff Karstens, expected to start on Tuesday night, has been added to the 40-man roster. To make room for him, John Raynor was designated for assignment.

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