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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 didn’t have much of a fastball, throwing it in the mid-80s. He added a knuckleball this year, but that didn’t help his numbers, and that type of move is usually a last ditch effort.
Jorge Bishop - Bishop showed some promise in the first half of the 2010 GCL season, but hasn’t repeated that success in two return trips to the level. In 2012 he hit for a .169 average as a 21 year old in his third year in the GCL.
Aneudy Merejo - Merejo is a small pitcher, but has a nice fastball, sitting 91-93 MPH with a lot of movement. He pairs that with a slurvey mid-70s curveball, and also throws a mid-80s changeup. All of his pitches have good movement. He also had good control and a good strikeout rate, but was hit around a bit too much and was a little old for the GCL.
All three were organizational guys in the lower levels.
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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.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired four professional scouts, per a team press release. The scouts are Ricky Bennett, Carlos Berroa, Ron Hopkins, and John Kosciak.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.