Found December 07, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:

With the signings of Erik Bedard and Nate McLouth being made official, the following updates have been made to the site:

-The 2012 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated. The current projected salary is $43.2 M.

-The Future Payroll Chart has been updated, adding Bedard and McLouth, and removing Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo.

-The off-season transaction page has been updated.

-A note on Ciriaco and Jaramillo, who were both designated for assignment to make room for the moves: they were both out of options, which meant they would have had to make the opening day roster or be designated for assignment at that point. If they clear waivers, the Pirates can outright them to AAA and keep them in the system even if they don’t win a job in Spring Training.


Erik Bedard Signs With Pittsburgh, Red Sox Didn't Have Many 'Substantive' Talks With Lefty

DALLAS –– Erik Bedard will not be returning to the Red Sox. After going 1-2 in eight appearances with Boston, the lefty pitcher inked a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Pittsburgh on Wednesday. "We didn't have a lot of substantive conversations with him," Red Sox general manger Ben Cherington said. "We enjoyed our time with Erik. It didn't end up the way...

Pirates sign Erik Bedard

The Pirates made another move this afternoon, signing left-handed starter Erik Bedard to a 1-year, $4.5 million deal. I don’t have a lot of time for a long post, but I am a big fan of this pickup. Bedard is a very good pitcher – possibly the best on the current staff – when healthy. The problem is that he’s ridiculously injury-prone. Still, it’s a very worthwhile risk for...

Erik Bedard is a risk the Pirates have to take

I've already written quite a bit about Erik Bedard, both below and at the beginning of November, but now that it looks like a deal is happening I want to give the lefty his own post. You can check out his career stats here and get into the nitty-gritty here at FanGraphs, but basically Bedard is a fastball/curveball guy that can get a lot of swings and misses when he's healthy...

Biertempfel: Pirates closing in on Betemit, McLouth

Rob Biertempfel tweets today that the Pirates are "[moving] closer" to signing both Nate McLouth and Wilson Betemit. As long as McLouth is in on a one-year deal, I have no problem with him being a fourth outfielder and maybe even spelling Jose Tabata from time to time, both in hopes of keeping him healthy and giving the Pirates the occasional platoon advantage. (UPDATE...

Pirates Close on Nate McLouth

Word out of Dallas is that the Pirates are en route to making a deal with former starting Centerfielder Nate McLouth.  You should remember the controversial trading of McLouth, if not click here! Now when the trade went down I was surprised, but I got it.  I understood the trade and was all for it. [...]

Nate McLouth Returns To Pittsburgh

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Pirates Working On Deals With Betemit and McLouth

The Pittsburgh Pirates are moving closer to deals with infielder Wilson Betemit and outfielder Nate McLouth, according to Rob Biertempfel.  We’ve heard about their interest in McLouth for the last two days. We’ve also heard that the Pirates are looking for contingency plans if Pedro Alvarez struggles again this year, which is where Betemit comes in. He hit for a .285/.343/.452...

Pirates Designate Pedro Ciriaco For Assignment

The Pirates designated infielder Pedro Ciriaco, announced the Pirates in a press release making the Nate McLouth signing official.

Roster odds and ends

I've got a busy end of the day here, but there are a few things we need to catch up on here: Rob Biertempfel tweets that the Pirates are out on Wilson Betemit, which means that the utility infield job is still open. Ian Stewart, here we come! Meanwhile, the addition of both McLouth and Bedard means the club has two roster spots to open up and so they've DFA'd both Jason...

Monday night updates from John Perrotto

There's not much going on on the Pirate front tonight, but John Perrotto has tweeted a few updates about the Pirates that help clarify a few things we've already heard. He says that the Pirates' interest in Nate McLouth is because they want him to be a fourth outfielder and because they're not certain Gorkys Hernandez is ready for that role. That's about what...
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