Winter League Final Wrap: Perth Repeats In Australia

The Perth Heat have won the Australian Baseball League’s Claxton Shield for the second time, taking the best-of-three series with the Melbourne Aces. The Heat beat the Aces in Game 1, by a 4-1 score, and the hero of that game was former Pirate Virgil Vasquez.  Vasquez was a late addition to the Heat, appearing in only two regular-season games for them in January.  He began the championship series by throwing a complete game for...

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Pirates trade Virgil Vasquez to Rays for PTBNL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Virgil Vasquez to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Trib.  Last night Dejan Kovacevic tweeted that the Pirates were in “very minor” trade talks with the Rays, and that the deal could include Vasquez. Chances are the return on this deal will be minimal, and might even be cash considerations.  With Kevin Hart, Donald Veal, Chris...

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Vasquez traded to Rays

The Pirates have dealt minor league pitcher Virgil Vasquez to the Rays for a player to be named later. [Link]

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Pirates make seven more cuts

The Pittsburgh Pirates made seven more cuts this morning, highlighted by Brad Lincoln being assigned to AAA.  As I reported yesterday, Tony Sanchez was also in this batch of cuts.  Donald Veal, Bryan Morris, Virgil Vasquez, Jeff Sues, and Justin Thomas round out the list.  The assignments are as follows: -Lincoln and Veal to AAA (both will join the AAA rotation)-Sanchez and Morris to minor league camp (both will start...

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Pirates Minor League Free Agents

The list of players who have filed for minor league free agency has been released. I’ve updated the full list of Pittsburgh Pirates players who have declared on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki. Here are some of the notable names: Jorge Julio Ty Taubenheim Ray Chang Eric Hacker Steven Lerud Jamie Romak Virgil Vasquez I wouldn’t mind seeing any of these guys brought back on a minor league deal. I don’t expect any to be a...

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