Wrapping up the Winter Meetings

The 2009 MLB Winter Meetings are over, after a pretty uneventful week for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates made a few moves, but for the most part these moves were an addition to their bench, or depth in the minors.  It’s starting to look like we should believe Neal Huntington and John Russell when they suggest that this could be the team that goes to Spring Training. Not that this is a bad thing.  Take a look...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Hot Stove Heating Up

Although nothing has been made official, the Pirates made their first major move of the Winter Meetings, nearing an agreement with free agent shortstop Bobby Crosby, formerly of the Oakland Athletics.  The Pirates have been looking for a shortstop who can push starter Ronny Cedeno defensively, and with Adam Everett signing with the Detroit Tigers yesterday, the pursuit of Crosby intensified. Nothing has been confirmed, and Neal...

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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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40-Man Roster is set

The Pittsburgh Pirates have set their 40-man roster, by adding Brad Lincoln, Gorkys Hernandez, Bryan Morris, and Ramon Aguero today. To make room for these players, the Pirates designated Jeff Karstens, Justin Thomas, and Robinzon Diaz for assignment. I’m surprised that Diaz was designated for assignment. The Pirates now have ten days to try and trade him, although he could be claimed off of waivers by another team (and...

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Let the Ryan Doumit rumors begin

It should be no surprise that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be interested in trading Ryan Doumit. The Pirates have two major league catchers who showed they were capable of holding down the position without Doumit last season. The Pirates used their 2009 first round pick on Tony Sanchez, a catcher who is expected to rise quickly through the minor league system. The writing is pretty much on the wall for Doumit. Some may be surprised...

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