Pirates Unlikely to Make Rule 5 Pick; Could Lose Zack Thornton
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Pirates Unlikely to Make Rule 5 Pick; Could Lose Zack Thornton

The Rule 5 draft caps off the 2013 Winter Meetings tomorrow afternoon. Last year was the first year under Neal Huntington that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t make a pick. Their 40-man roster is full, and Rob Biertempfel reports that Huntington says they aren’t likely to make a pick again this year. With full 40-man roster, #Pirates GM said team not likely to make a Rule 5 pickup tomorrow morning. — Rob Biertempfel...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Rule 5 Draft Preview

The 2011 Rule 5 draft takes place tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM EST. The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a pick in each of the last four drafts under Neal Huntington. In order to continue that trend, they will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster before tomorrow’s draft. We’ve talked a lot about the Rule 5 draft on this site, mostly from the perspective of who the Pirates need to protect from the draft, and who they could...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Rule 5 Draft Eligible Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates protected six players from the 2011 Rule 5 draft, adding Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, Jordy Mercer, and Duke Welker to the 40-man roster.  That left the following players eligible for the 2011 Rule 5 draft. Eligible Players The first group of players are first time eligible for the Rule 5 draft in 2011. Tim Alderson Calvin Anderson Fraylin Campos Michael Colla Tyler Cox Emmanuel De Leon...

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Pirates Protect Six Players From the Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates added six players to the 40-man roster today, filling out their reserve list to protect those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The Pirates protected Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, and Justin Wilson.  To make room the Pirates have designated outfielder Xavier Paul and catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.  Here is a rundown of each player that was added to the roster. Matt...

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Who Will the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

Throughout the year we’ve talked about the Rule 5 roster crunch that the Pittsburgh Pirates will face this off-season.  Some of that has been over-blown to the point where people suggest trading prospects like Starling Marte just because the Pirates might not have a spot to protect him.  Make no mistake, the Pirates aren’t at risk of losing any significant prospects to the Rule 5 draft.  They currently have five spots open...

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