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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Jackson, Moss Declare FA, Jakubauskas Released

Moss declared free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster.

Earlier today the list of minor league free agents came out, with 19 players from the Pirates’ organization electing minor league free agency.  Baseball America also has their transactions report from the last week, with a few more updates.

Two moves that have been speculated are official: Steven Jackson and Brandon Moss have declared free agency.  Both players were outrighted off the roster last week, and since it was the second outright off the 40-man roster for each player, they were able to declare free agency.

The Pirates also released Chris Jakubauskas, who they had claimed off of waivers from the Seattle Mariners last November.  Jakubauskas made one start in the majors in 2010, but was knocked out of the game early after taking a line drive to the head, which put him on the disabled list for most of the season.  Jakubauskas wouldn’t have been eligible for minor league free agency until the 2013 season, although there probably won’t be a lot of space for him in AAA next year with all of the pitching prospects making their way up from Altoona.

The Pirates also re-signed Greg Picart, who was eligible for minor league free agency.  This is the second year in a row that Picart has been eligible for free agency, and the second year in a row he’s re-signed with the Pirates.

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James Vargo

Obviously, all options look better than Karstens right now.

ecbucs

Sure it would be nice to get a prospect for him. But really just getting anyone to take his contract would provide a little more cushion for dealing for another player. I would be happy to just get him off the roster and save his salary. The Bucs don’t need to get the same kind of player they received for Matt Diaz or Zach Duke.

salempirate

Tim may very well be right, and I tend to think so, but this may not be about KC at all. Karstens is from that area and a test start or two may be a precussor to trade with the Padres.

john.alcorn

I sure hope you’re right Tim, gotta see what we have in Lincoln and the AAA guys. It would be nice to know if we have internal solutions prior to July 31st. Bedard and Correia could be expendable.

scrappy2499

I was kinda wondering if they were trying to bluff a little also…Brad has pitched two good starts this year and three not so impressive but seemed to figure out something this past time out. I don’t see why they say over and over lets see what Brad can do and when he shows you a strong outing you yank him. KC has played over his head again this year so I hope they are doing like you said and are hoping another team needs/wants him. Hey Tim what teams are hurting for SP right now with a few injuries poping up that may be a fit for a 5th starter?

Richard Ya'Zhynka

Correia has an option left. He could be sent to Indy without having to go through waivers.

Lee Young

Tim

“his comes after Lincoln put up an impressive start on Saturday, and
Correia put up a start that wasn’t overly impressive on Sunday.”

Lincoln gave up one run in 6. Correia 2 runs in 6 inn. I am not a KC fan, but I’ll take that ‘not overly impressive’ start every day.

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