The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a few minor league transactions, according to Baseball America.  They have signed three minor league free agents, re-signing catcher Rudy Pena and outfielder Gerlis Rodriguez, and signing right handed pitcher Jose Diaz to a minor league deal.  The Pirates also released left hander Christopher Richardson.

Rodriguez was released by the Pirates prior to the 2011 season.  In 2010 he played for the State College Spikes.  It wouldn't surprise me if he was brought back as a coach.  Pena was signed as a coach, after serving as a coach for the GCL Pirates the last three seasons.

Richardson was signed for $80 K by the Pirates after winning the Dominican reality show "El Rookie".  He struggled with his control the last two years, and saw a big drop off in his st...

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