The Pittsburgh Pirates have released three minor league players, according to Baseball America's latest transactions update. The three players were right-hander Eliecer Cardenas, infielder Greg Picart, and outfielder Anthony Norman.

The most notable was Cardenas. He was acquired as the player to be named later in the Matt Diaz trade last year. He put up strong numbers last year in high-A, but dealt with an elbow issue this year. Picart and Norman were organizational guys for the Double-A level, although there wasn't much room for them....

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