Pirates Release Catcher Ramon Cabrera
Nov24

Pirates Release Catcher Ramon Cabrera

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released catcher Ramon Cabrera. He was one of the players dropped from the 40-man roster on Thursday to make room for others that needed to be protected from the Rule V draft. Cabrera was picked up in August as a waiver claim from the Detroit Tigers and hit .239/.286/.413 in 12 games with Altoona. It was his second go around in the system. He was originally signed as an amateur free agent in 2008 out of...

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump
Nov24

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump

Saturday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter ball, except for Venezuela. Elias Diaz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a throwing error in his second game of winter ball. Diaz made his debut on Friday night, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Elvis Escobar pinch-ran in the eighth inning and stayed in the game as the DH. He went 0-for-1 with a run scored. He made his debut on Wednesday as a defensive...

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Pirates Add Four to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Ike Davis
Nov20

Pirates Add Four to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Ike Davis

Today is the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. Yesterday I wrote about the protection process, along with who should be protected this year. The Pirates have until 11:59 PM EST tonight to set their rosters. In previous years, the official announcements have come anywhere from 1 PM to after 9 PM. Usually by this point, the players who will be protected have been notified...

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Winter Leagues: Two Pirates Players Make Their Winter Debut
Nov20

Winter Leagues: Two Pirates Players Make Their Winter Debut

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Tony Sanchez caught his second game. He went 0-for-3 at the plate. In his debut on Tuesday, he drew two walks and threw out a runner attempting to steal. Gustavo Nunez played his first game since signing with the Pirates. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, though he drove in his 14th run. He is hitting .267 through 23 games, with nine doubles and two homers. Edwin Espinal made his winter ball...

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Winter Leagues: Mark Melancon Closes Out Win in Japan
Nov17

Winter Leagues: Mark Melancon Closes Out Win in Japan

In Japan on Sunday, Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth, finishing off a 6-1 win by the MLB All-Stars. He struck out two batters and all eight pitches he threw went for strikes. Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday, allowing one hit. The MLB All-Stars are taking on Japan’s national team and not doing well, losing three of the four games played so far in the five-game series. They still have one more...

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