Oakland Signs Andy LaRoche

Andy LaRoche has found a new home, signing a minor league deal today with the Oakland Athletics.  LaRoche will receive an invite to Spring Training.  The addition for Oakland isn’t a surprise.  A year ago we heard rumors that Oakland tried to trade for LaRoche, only for the Pirates to ask for pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. LaRoche showed some promise in 2009.  His hitting wasn’t really anything to write...

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Pirates Invite Five to Spring Training

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have invited five more players to Spring Training.  The new non-roster invitees are catchers Tony Sanchez and Eric Fryer, infielders Chase D’Arnaud and Brian Friday, and outfielder Andrew Lambo.  Friday is the only one of the group that I think has any shot of making the team, although I don’t think he has a good shot, as he’s behind Pedro Ciriaco and Josh...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Spring Training Tracker

Spring Training doesn’t start until the middle of February, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are already getting their roster ready with minor league contracts and non-roster invitees.  The tracker below can be used to keep tabs on which players have received invites to Spring Training, and the chances each player has of making the Opening Day 25-man roster.  Once Spring Training begins, the tracker will be updated as players are cut...

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Leftover Photos and Videos from Spring Training

For the off-day, I figured I’d post some leftover photos and videos from Spring Training.  The photos have been uploaded to the BUCCO Fans Facebook page, and you’ve probably seen them if you’re a Facebook fan, but this is the first time that I’ve linked to them from the site.  They’re from the game I saw at McKechnie Field against the Red Sox, featuring some shots of Lastings Milledge, John...

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Pirates cut Kratz, Jaramillo the backup catcher

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut catcher Erik Kratz, making it official that Jason Jaramillo will open the season as the backup catcher behind Ryan Doumit. Officially there are five spots that remain open on the 25-man roster, although Delwyn Young is a lock for a bench spot, D.J. Carrasco is a lock for a bullpen spot, and John Raynor and Hayden Penn have good chances of making the team, as the Pirates...

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