Steve Pearce Elects Free Agency

Baseball America reports that Steve Pearce has elected minor league free agency.  Pearce was the only player eligible for minor league free agency that we hadn’t heard about yet, with the other players already electing free agency.  The Pirates outrighted Pearce to AAA after the season, and because he had at least six years of pro experience, he was able to opt for free agency, rather than remaining in the...

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Pirates Outright Four Players to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted left handed pitcher Brian Burres, right handed pitcher Kevin Hart, infielder Brandon Wood, and outfielder Steve Pearce to AAA Indianapolis, according to a team press release.  All four players have the option of electing for minor league free agency. Pearce was eligible for Super Two status, but had trouble staying on the field the last two years.  Hart was eligible for a league minimum salary,...

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Transactions: Ciriaco, Pearce, Thompson, Figueroa

A few transactions to catch up on from today: -The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled infielder Pedro Ciriaco and have placed Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list. -No move yet, but Aaron Thompson is in Pittsburgh, and is expected to be added to the team, possibly by tomorrow to make a spot start on Wednesday. -The Pirates have signed Nelson Figueroa to a minor league deal and have assigned him to Indianapolis.  Just like their...

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Game 122 Recap: Craig Hits Two Homers in Cards Victory

Allen Craig homered twice as part of a four hit, three RBI evening. Kyle Lohse got out of trouble in the first and crusied to a win. Paul Maholm got in trouble in the first and the Pirates never recovered. Maholm got in trouble off the starting blocks. Rafael Furcal led off the game with a single. Craig followed with a two run dinger into the Notch. Albert Pujols singled and Matt Holliday walked, prompting a visit from Ray Searage....

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Game 119 Recap: Bucs Suffer Another Gut Punch Loss in Extras

Somewhere a baseball pundit will say or has said or will write or has written that good teams win this kind of game. If the Pirates are to stay in contention for a full season, this is the kind of game they will have to win. Nursing a 1-0 lead into the eighth, the Pirates let the game get away from them and lost in extra innings. Call me a pessimist, but I have officially given up hope for a post-season birth in 2011. There is still a...

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