Found November 09, 2011 on WHYGAVS?:
Now that I've run through the various positions that the Pirates need to upgrade this winter and ways they might go about doing so (if you missed the individual pieces: starting pitching, shortstop, catcher, first base), let's take a step back and look at the team as a whole. This is a tall task facing Neal Huntington this winter. The Pirates have problems attracting decent free agents, Huntington may or may not have trouble identifying scrap-heap players that aren't pitchers (it depends on how much of the blame you place on the first problem of convincing free agents to play for the Pirates), and the Pirates have a number of places they need to upgrade. If they can't upgrade all of them, they face making huge downgrades over even the marginal players that they've let go or may let go in the near future. That means that if the Pirates do manage to find, say, a better-than-Ronny-Cedeno shortstop, they may give that upgrade back by playing Mike McKenry and Matt Pag...

Pirates Sign Six Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed six minor league free agents, according to Baseball America.  Returning to the organization are catchers Milver Reyes and Wyatt Toregas.  Reyes was a coach last year, and will likely return to the same role.  Toregas will probably fill the role once again as AAA depth and an emergency catcher if the Pirates happen to need a dozen catchers again...

Steve Pearce Elects Free Agency

Baseball America reports that Steve Pearce has elected minor league free agency.  Pearce was the only player eligible for minor league free agency that we hadn’t heard about yet, with the other players already electing free agency.  The Pirates outrighted Pearce to AAA after the season, and because he had at least six years of pro experience, he was able to opt for free agency...

AFL Recap 11/9: Two Hits For Holt

The Mesa Solar Sox beat Salt River 8-4 today.  Brock Holt was the only Pirates prospect who played in the game.  He went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, while stealing his third base of the year.  Holt now has a .263/.440/.263 line in 19 at-bats, with three stolen bases in four attempts.

This Date in Pirates History: November 10

On this date in 1897 the Pittsburgh Pirates made a seven player trade, sending star outfielder Mike Smith and 30 game winner, Pink Hawley along with cash, to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for five players. Hawley was just shy of his 25th birthday at the time and he had a 71-61 record for the Pirates in three seasons. He had also gone 30-58 for the St Louis Browns(Cardinals) prior...

Pirates Caravan info

The Pirates posted details for their annual offseason caravan, which will take place much earlier than usual this year (like PirateFest). The caravan features several groups of players and coaches traveling around the region for a week doing autograph sessions, visits to schools, etc.  On the weekend, they convene in Pittsburgh for PirateFest. This year the caravan will visit Uniontown...

Pirates sign catcher Rod Barajas

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed veteran catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed Thursday. The 36-year-old Barajas hit .230 with 16 home runs and 47 RBIs last season while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pirates are in need of catching help after declining the options on veterans Chris...

White Sox sign LHPs Veal, Quintana

The Chicago White Sox signed a pair of left-handed pitchers on Thursday. Agreeing to contracts were Donnie Veal and Jose Quintana. Veal underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010 and spent last season in the minors with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was 1-0 with a 7.16 ERA in 19 outings with the Pirates in 2009. Quintana pitched for the Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees in Tampa...

Pirates ink C Barajas to one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed veteran catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year contract on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal has a club option for 2013. Barajas, 36, batted .230 with 16 homers and 47 RBIs in 336 at-bats with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season.

Pirates agree to terms with catcher Rod Barajas

The Pittsburgh Pirates and veteran catcher Rod Barajas have agreed to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013.

Pirates sign Rod Barajas

The Bucs made a bit of early noise early on in the free agency, signing catcher Rod Barajas to a one year deal for $4 million, plus a 2013 club option for $3.5 million. Barajas is 36. He hit .230 with 16 homers in 98 games for the Dodgers last season. For his career, he’s a .238/.284/.414 hitter. His defense is supposedly pretty good, but as you can see he’s a pretty big downgrade...

John Barbero Memorial Auction

This thing was amazing last year, and it's happening again.   Sunday, November 6th -- 1:00-4:00p.m. Mon Valley YMCA in Monongahela $5 gets you in the door   Prizes: 1:30 p.m. - $500 cash 2 p.m. - four Pittsburgh Pirates Lexus Club tickets 2:30 p.m. - $500 cash 3 p.m. - a Mon Valley YMCA family membership 3:30 p.m. - a 50-inch flat panel plasma...

Pirates sign catcher Barajas to one-year deal

Free-agent catcher Rod Barajas signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team announced Thursday. Barajas' contract also contains a club option for the 2013 season.
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