Should Jose Ascanio Be Added to the 25 Man Roster?

Jose Ascanio started tonight’s Indianapolis Indians game, making his final rehab appearance during his time on the 15-day disabled list.  A quick look at the 40-man roster page shows that Ascanio is out of options, which means that when he is eligible to return, he will have to go on the 25-man roster, or be designated for assignment. Ascanio started his rehab stint on April 11th.  By rule, rehab time for pitchers can last up to...

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Early 2012 Super Two Estimates

According to CAA Sports, an agency that represents numerous athletes across all sports, including Jason Bay, Dan Haren, and Ryan Zimmerman for baseball, the early estimates for the 2012 Super Two class is two years, 146 days.  That number is based on their own internal analysis, and isn’t an official number, as obviously plenty of things can change between now and the end of the 2011 season, all of which would alter that figure....

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The Final Three Roster Spots

After the news this morning that the Pittsburgh Pirates cut four players, there are three roster spots remaining.  The cuts this morning left Steve Pearce with a roster spot on the bench, while Garrett Olson is all but a guarantee to win a job in the bullpen.  Here are the other guarantees, which can also be found on the Spring Training tracker. Catcher – Chris Snyder First Base - Lyle Overbay Second Base - Neil Walker Shortstop...

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Spots Opening Up In The Bullpen

At the start of the off-season, the bullpen looked pretty crowded.  The Pittsburgh Pirates had locks in Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, and Jeff Karstens.  They added Joe Beimel and Jose Veras, and almost immediately proclaimed that each reliever would make the majors, despite their non-roster invitee status.  The final spot was seen as a battle between out-of-options relievers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, and the loser of the...

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Update On Players Who Are Out Of Options

 With a handful of players who are both on the bubble and out of options, the Pirates will be facing some tough roster decisions at the end of March. What follows is a quick rundown of players fighting for roster spots who have no options remaining. I’ve omitted players who are locks to make the team, like James McDonald and Joel Hanrahan. Also, as most of you are probably aware, the Pirates secured an extra option for Steve...

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