Looks Like Brandon Wood Will be a Pirate

Colin Dunlap of the Post Gazette has an update on Brandon Wood.  He mentions that Wood has been placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Angels, and that the waiver process ends today at noon.  The Pirates have the first overall pick (if you’re wondering why, check out my Important Dates in 2011 post), and are almost certainly going to make a claim on Wood, according to Dunlap. With the Pirates having the number one pick, it appears...

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Important Dates In 2011

At Pirates Prospects, not only do we cover the entire farm system, but we also focus on the business side of the game, specifically tracking the service time, options, waiver rules, trade rules, and the MLB draft.  The rules surrounding these events can be vague, so to clear things up, here are some important dates to remember for the 2011 MLB season. April 11th - The earliest a player can be called up without using a full year of...

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Pirates Claim Garrett Olson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Garrett Olson from the Seattle Mariners today.  Olsen should compete for a left handed bullpen spot.  Joe Beimel and Scott Olsen have both been injured at times this Spring, and both have struggled in their return.  They are the only options for the Pirates in terms of left handed relievers, although Scott Olsen is technically competing for a starting role. Garrett Olson has a...

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Toronto Claims Wilfredo Ledezma

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed relief pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma off of waivers, according to Jennifer Langosch.  Ledezma was designated for assignment last week to clear space for Aaron Thompson, who the Pirates claimed off of waivers from the Washington Nationals.  The Pirates and Ledezma agreed to a split contract early in the off-season, paying him $700,000 at the major league level, or $300,000 in the minors.  Toronto will pick...

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Pirates Claim Aaron Thompson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson off of waivers from the Washington Nationals, according to the team’s official Twitter feed.  To make room, they designated reliever Wilfredo Ledezma for assignment. Thompson was a first round pick for the Florida Marlins in 2006.  He was acquired by the Nationals in 2009 in exchange for Nick Johnson.  Thompson reached the AAA level for the first time in...

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