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The Pirates’ decision to non-tender Jeff Karstens was the big news of the day, but they still had seven other players to deal with in advance of Friday’s midnight deadline.
Chris Resop was traded to Oakland for Zach Stewart, a reliever in high-A ball. Basically, he was non-tendered and the Bucs got a tiny return instead of nothing. I thought there was a chance Resop would be tendered, but he would’ve been somewhat expensive for a fairly mediocre reliever so I have no problem with sending him out. The Bucs also traded Yamaico Navarro (who was recently DFA) to Baltimore for 19-year old minor league pitcher Jhondaniel Medina, who spent most of the 2012 season in rookie ball.
The other player in danger of a non-tender was Charlie Morton, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and won’t be available until around June. Speculation seemed to be that the Pirates wouldn’t tender Morton (since that would lead to an undeserved raise) but that they’d agree to some other kind of deal to keep him around. They did just that, signing him for $2 million and avoiding arbitration for this year. While $2M is less than he would’ve made in arb and less than he made last year ($2.445M), I’m very surprised they went that high. This is the same team that refused to pay Karstens around $4M, and they are giving Morton–who will only pitch half a season at best–half of that. I was thinking more along the lines of something cheaper or even a minor league deal. This makes the Karstens move even more bizarre, but I am glad that Charlie will be sticking around.
The other players up for arbitration–Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Garrett Jones, Gaby Sanchez, and James McDonald–were all tendered contracts as expected. They will have their salaries determined through the arbitration process.
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Chris Resop has been traded to the Athletics.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made two trades, dealing Yamaico Navarro and Chris Resop in separate deals, both announced by a team press release. They dealt Navarro to the Orioles for Jhondaniel Medina, and dealt Resop to the Athletics for Zach Thornton.
Medina has pitched as high as short-season A-ball, although he only had four innings...
The Pirates have released Aneudy Merejo.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have released three minor league players, according to Baseball America’s transactions. The players were Justin Ennis, Jorge Bishop, and Aneudy Merejo. Some information on the three players.
Justin Ennis – He was a lower level bullpen guy, splitting the last three years between West Virginia and State College. Ennis...
In Winter League action today in Australia, Adelaide lost 4-2 to Canberra. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch, Justin Howard and Dylan Child. Welch went 0-for-3, with a run scored and two strikeouts. His average dropped down to .205 after a 1-for-13 weekend. Howard went 2-for-4, with a double and run scored. Child had a rough time behind the...
In Winter League action last night, Starling Marte had a rough game, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. In his previous three games combined, Marte has a total of seven hits and eight RBI’s.
Alen Hanson had his second straight pinch-running appearance. He was immediately erased on a caught stealing. Hanson was playing in his seventh game of the DWL season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are pushing to break .500 in 2013. With a reported signing of Russell Martin as the teams backstop the Pirates are working to re-sign Jason Grilli. Grilli was a key cog in the Pirates bullpen last season setting up for closer Joel Hanrahan.
Should the Pirates be successful in re-signing Grilli, he would figure to be first inline between Hanrahan for saves...
Today Baseball America released their top 100 college prospects for the 2013 draft. At the top of the list was Mark Appel, who ranked as the top prospect in the draft in their rankings back in August. That’s similar to last year, when Appel was the top prospect in the draft pre-season, but fell to eighth overall on draft day. Other notable players on the list:
21. Kent Emanuel...
Earlier today I wrote my “First Pitch” article, titled “Why the Pirates Shouldn’t Sign Russell Martin”. I spent some time taking a deep look at Martin, and looking at the Pirates’ situation. I had it all set up to post at midnight. Then the Pirates signed Martin to a two year, $17 M deal. Nothing really changed with my thoughts below, except for the fact that the move...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Russell Martin signing official via a team press release. The release includes the following quote from Neal Huntington.
“With the signing of Russell Martin, we have acquired a quality defensive catcher who is a disciplined hitter that adds power to our lineup,” said Huntington. “He also brings experience, leadership and a strong desire...
Ken Rosenthal has Ann update on the Pirates and Jason Grilli.
Grilli would probably require a two year deal. He’d be a great option for the Pirates as a closer if they deal Joel Hanrahan this off season. As a set up man he would be expensive for the Pirates, since he’d probably command $3-4 M per year.
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Jhondaniel Medina.
The 25-year-old Navarro hit .160 with one homer and four RBIs in 29 games with Pittsburgh last season. He is a career.279 hitter over seven minor league seasons.
Medina is a 19-year-old right-hander who pitched primarily in the Gulf Coast League...
Chan Ho Park last pitched in 2011 with the Orix Buffaloes. His last appearance in Major League Baseball came in 2010 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Park spent seventeen seasons in the major leagues after signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994.
Park, 39, was once one of the best pitchers in baseball. In his eight seasons with the Dodgers the right hander was 80-54 with a 3.80...
The Pittsburgh Pirates were reportedly hot in pursuit of former Yankees catcher Russell Martin, and for two years and $17 million, Martin is now a Pirate.
Martin, who will turn 30 this coming February, made $7.5 million with the Yankees this past season, his second with the club. In 133 games, he had 21 homers and a .211/.311/.403 line, providing 2.2 wins above replacement for...
As per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Pirates have reached terms with Russell Martin, pending a physical. We will continue to flesh this out with more details about the terms of the deal as they become available.