Phil Irwin Claimed Off Waivers By the Rangers
May28

Phil Irwin Claimed Off Waivers By the Rangers

The Texas Rangers have claimed right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin from the Pirates. Irwin was designated for assignment last week, making room for right-handed reliever Josh Wall. The move to DFA Irwin was a questionable one, and not an example of good roster management. About 30 minutes after announcing the move, the Pirates announced that they designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment, creating an open spot on the 40-man roster....

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Cumpton, Josh Wall, Tyler Glasnow, 2014 Draft
May23

First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Cumpton, Josh Wall, Tyler Glasnow, 2014 Draft

The big news today was that the Pittsburgh Pirates┬ádesignated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. That was a move I called for last night, along with several times over the last few weeks as Rodriguez was coming back from his injury. Rodriguez just didn’t look like he had it this year. The results were poor, the velocity was down, and there was nothing suggesting he would bounce back to anything that would make him worth holding on...

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Pirates Claim Josh Wall, Designate Phil Irwin For Assignment
May22

Pirates Claim Josh Wall, Designate Phil Irwin For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have picked up Los Angeles Angels pitcher Josh Wall off waivers and assigned him to AAA Indianapolis. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Phil Irwin has been designated for assignment. Wall has pitched parts of three seasons in the majors, including two games for the Angels this year. In one inning over two appearances, Wall got hit hard, allowing six runs on five hits and three walks. He also had a...

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Pirates Make Phil Irwin Roster Move Official
May08

Pirates Make Phil Irwin Roster Move Official

Yesterday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates planned to send pitcher Phil Irwin back to Indianapolis. Today they made that move official, optioning him back to AAA. They also announced that they will make a corresponding roster move tomorrow. The Pirates have off today, so they don’t have to make a decision on another move until Friday. Late last night, we posted the possibilities of who they might...

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First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?
May08

First Pitch: Which Hitter Not Named Gregory Polanco Should Come Up?

Injuries have been the unfortunate theme for the Pirates’ minor league system this year. Their top pitching prospect, Jameson Taillon, went down for the season with Tommy John surgery. Several other top ten prospects, including Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows, have dealt with injuries this year. Most of the injuries are irrelevant in long-term considerations. For example, Meadows has had some setbacks with his hamstring, but...

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