The Pittsburgh Pirates added six players to the 40-man roster today, filling out their reserve list to protect those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The Pirates protected Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens, Duke Welker, and Justin Wilson.  To make room the Pirates have designated outfielder Xavier Paul and catcher Eric Fryer for assignment.  Here is a rundown of each player that was added to the roster.

Matt Hague - He was drafted in the ninth round of the 2008 draft as a college senior, and signed to a $25 K bonus.  Hague has done nothing but hit throughout his minor league career, although there are some questions as to how effective his bat will be in the majors.  If the Pirates can't bring back Derrek Lee, and can't sign Carlos Pena, Hague could become an ...

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