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Rob Biertempfel has a few updates on some international free agents via Twitter:
-He mentions that the Pirates have interest in Yoenis Cespedes, but that they will quickly back away if the bidding gets crazy.
-The Pirates have interest in left handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Biertempfel. This is the second time we’ve heard the team linked to Wada. About a month ago Jon Heyman mentioned the Pirates as one of the teams who could pursue the Japanese left hander. Wada is 31 years old, ad throws in the 86-87 MPH range with a good circle change and a solid slider. He’s been described as a Dallas Braden type, although there are questions as to whether he can be a starter. The expected price for Wada is two years and $8 M.
Chen is a 26 year old free agent out of Taiwan. He’s been playing in the Japanese league, but unlike most players out of Japan, Chen wouldn’t require a posting fee, since he’s a true free agent (Wada is also a free agent, with no posting fee required). He used to reach 95 MPH, but had Tommy John surgery a few years ago and was topping out at 91 this past year. Chen put up a 2.68 ERA in 164.2 innings last year, with a 5.1 K/9, a 1.7 BB/9, and a 0.5 HR/9. Tim Dierkes of MLBTR speculates that he could cost $20 M over four years.
-Japanese free agency began yesterday. Guys like Chen and Wada are now allowed to negotiate with teams.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the minor league staff for the 2012 season. The announcement was made by Pirates Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway. Here are the coaching assignments for each team.
Manager: Dean Treanor
Coach: Jeff Branson
Pitching Coach: Tom Filer
Athletic Trainer: Bryan Housand
The Indianapolis staff will stay the same...
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Gigantes del Cibao 6, Leones del Escogido 3
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