Pirates sign James Skelton, release two players

Baseball America released their weekly minor league transactions today, with several transactions listed for the Pirates.  Most of them we already knew about: the call-ups, players designated for assignment, and all of the other roster shuffling from the last week.  However, there were a few moves announced that are new news. First, the Pirates signed catcher James Skelton. Skelton was once a marginal catching prospect in...

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Dana Eveland, Minor League Signings, Player Pages

Some notes while I call it a day for adding player pages: -The Oakland Athletics have designated left handed pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment.  Eveland had a decent season in 2008, with a 4.34 ERA in 168 innings.  Eveland did struggle with his control, posting a 1.53 K/BB ratio as a result of his 4.1 BB/9 ratio.  Eveland struggled in 44 innings with Oakland in 2009, with a 7.16 ERA.  However, Eveland was very...

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Pirates sign Vinnie Chulk

The Pirates have signed Vinnie Chulk to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Rob Biertempfel via Twitter.  That makes five NRI’s the Pirates have going in to Spring Training. Chulk is a pretty good risk in my opinion.  He had a down year last year with Cleveland, posting a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings, but that was mostly luck as he had a 3.0 K/9 and a 7.5 BB/9 (no, I didn’t reverse...

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Robinzon Diaz released, Jeff Karstens and Justin Thomas to AAA

Robinzon Diaz, Jeff Karstens, and Justin Thomas were all designated for assignment ten days ago, and all three cleared waivers today.  The Pittsburgh Pirates unconditionally released Diaz, while sending Karstens and Thomas to AAA, with invites to Spring Training. Diaz was apparently unhappy being behind Ryan Doumit and Jason Jaramillo on the depth chart, and would have opted for minor league free agency had he been sent to AAA....

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Pirates sign Wilfredo Ledezma and international free agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed left handed pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma to a minor league contract today.  Ledezma, who turns 29 in January, has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors, with a career 5.17 ERA, a 6.2 K/9 ratio, and a 4.4 BB/9 ratio.  Ledezma isn’t much of a LOOGY, with a career .292 BAA versus left handers in the majors, compared to a .274 BAA versus right handers. Ledezma had a 4.17 ERA in 58.1 innings...

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