Kevin Hart cut, McCutchen the 5th starter

As I was about to fly out of Dulles today, heading down to Florida, I saw that Kevin Hart was cut, which was a big surprise.  I had a lot of time to think about the move today, between flying down to Fort Lauderdale, talking about the move with my Dad over Primanti Brothers sandwiches, and driving my wife’s car from Fort Lauderdale to Bradenton.  Some thoughts: Since the Pirates only need a fifth starter one time...

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Walker to perform in utility role at Indy

Jen Langosch confirms that Neil Walker will receive playing time at first base, second base, third base, left field and right field at Indianapolis this season. [Link]

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Pirates cut eight, including Hart

The Pirates cut eight players from major league camp today, most notably Kevin Hart. Daniel McCutchen will be the team’s fifth starter to start the season. Brian Burres, Hector Gimenez, Chris Jakubauskas, Wil Ledezma, Jean Machi, Brian Myrow and Neil Walker were also sent to minor league camp....

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Neil Walker’s future

Neil Walker will begin the 2010 season at Triple-A, his third consecutive stint at that level. The former top prospect’s future is murky at best, with Andy LaRoche blocking him in Pittsburgh and Pedro Alvarez storming through the minor leagues.

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Vazquez out?

Surprising news from Dejan Kovacevic today: Ramon Vazquez thinks he might be gone from the Pirates once the regular season begins. I think it’s safe to say that most of us assumed Vazquez would make the team due to his $2 M salary this year, and that the only way to avoid Vazquez taking up a bench spot would be if another team traded for him, or in the seemingly unlikely event that the Pirates released him and ate his contract....

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