Upcoming 40-Man Roster Decisions

This week should be a very active week as far as roster moves go. Taking a look at the calendar on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki site, we see that Friday November 20th marks two important periods: the deadline for 40-man rosters to be set, and the start of free agency. I don’t expect the Pirates to be overly active on the latter front, but they have a lot of moves to make in order to set the 40-man rosters. The Pirates currently have...

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BUCCO Fans.com Wiki

I’ve been working on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki site for the past week and have some of it online already. Rather than wait until I finish it all, I’m just going to link to it now. I’ll be updating it frequently over the next few weeks, and hope to have everything done soon. For now there’s a lot of useful information in the Pirates Player Information section, including schedules of when players are arbitration...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 Eligible Players

The 2009 Rule 5 Draft isn’t until December 10th this year, but it’s never too early to look at the eligible players from the Pittsburgh Pirates. All teams have until November 20th to set their 40-man rosters for the Rule 5 draft, which means all decisions need to be made by November 20th. Eligibility is based on when a player signed his first major league contract. -If a player was 18 and under when he signed his first...

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Pirates aren't out of the woods with Veal yet

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2009 Rule 5 draft pick Donald Veal on the 15-day DL today with a strained left index finger. To fill Veal’s spot, they purchased the contract of relief pitcher Chris Bootcheck, adding Bootcheck to the 40-man roster, which had an open spot. First, a bit on Bootcheck… Bootcheck was a first round pick in the 2000 MLB draft, taken with the 20th overall pick by the Angels. In his career, Bootcheck...

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Pirates get Kyle Bloom back

I forgot to mention this yesterday, but the Pirates got Kyle Bloom back from the Detroit Tigers. Bloom was selected by the Tigers in the Rule 5 draft, and was ranked by Baseball America as Detroit’s 29th best prospect, and top left handed relief prospect. Bloom was solid in July and August last year at AA, posting a 7.65 K/9, 2.72 K/BB, and 0.47 HR/9, after posting a 7.11 K/9, 1.19 K/BB, and 0.97 HR/9 in the first three months...

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