25-Man Roster Notes: Veras, Beimel, Olsen, Ascanio, Hart

A few notes on the 25-man roster… -We heard on Wednesday that Joe Beimel will make the roster, which is a move that was expected.  Rob Biertempfel has an update on another bullpen move, noting that manager Clint Hurdle has said Jose Veras will also make the team.  The Pirates signed Veras to a minor league deal, with a $1 M salary in the majors.  Veras is coming off a 2010 season where he put up a 3.75 ERA in 48 innings, with a...

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2011 Spring Training Battles: Bench

Every year the battles in Spring Training are pretty much limited to the same three areas: the 5th starter role, the bullpen, and the bench.  It only makes sense that this would be the case.  These are the least important spots on the team.  You don’t want to decide the important spots based on a limited amount of playing time against various levels of competition in Spring Training games.  But for the lesser roles, it’s...

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Phase Two of the Rebuilding Plan Officially Begins

Regardless of how you felt about the last two years, it’s clear that the Pirates had a goal of bringing an influx of talent in to the system through the use of trades, the draft, and other smaller methods like minor league free agency and the Rule 5 draft.  You may like the players we’ve received or you may hate the players we’ve received, but there’s no doubt that the Pirates have added a lot of prospects...

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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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Demoting Jeff Clement to AAA

I want to preface this by saying that I don’t place much value on Spring Training numbers.  There are some stats that can provide encouragement, such as John Raynor’s high batting average, and Garrett Jones hitting two homers in his first 15 at-bats.  There are some stats that cause you to worry, such as Kevin Hart’s four walks in one inning.  I’d classify Jeff Clement’s 1-for-13...

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