Akinori Iwamura to the Pirates for Jesse Chavez

UPDATE 10:55 PM: Final update on this post. A few comments from Neal Huntington in the Post-Gazette on the trade. Some notable comments include Iwamura batting second behind McCutchen, the Pirates are open to an extension, and they’d be fine with a Ronny Cedeno/Iwamura middle infield. Also, some comments from Iwamura on the trade in the PBC Blog. Most notable are the comments that he is interested in talking a long term deal,...

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Pirates claim Jonathan Meloan

UPDATE 5:22 PM: Tyler Yates was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room for Meloan. The following pages have been updated: -2009 40-man roster/payroll-Future Payroll Commitments-2009 25-man roster – The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right handed reliever Jonathan Meloan off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to the Tampa Tribune. Meloan, who is 6’3″, 225 pounds, was designated for...

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The Perfect John Grabow Trade

The writing is on the wall for John Grabow’s future as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Grabow is in his final year of arbitration, making $2.3 M this year, and will most likely be seeking a multi-year contract at that level. The Pirates already have a possible plan in place to replace Grabow with Will Ohman in the event of a trade. The problem with that scenario is that any team wanting to trade for Grabow could easily just...

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