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From FOX's Hot Stove blog:
The Pittsburgh Pirates have interest in free-agent Ramon Santiago as a potential everyday shortstop in 2012, major-league sources told FOXSports.com.
Santiago maintained a .685 OPS for the Detroit Tigers over the past three seasons while averaging roughly 100 games played per year. He’s regarded as a sure-handed defender at second base and shortstop. The 32-year-old has become immensely popular with his teammates in Detroit because of his leadership and confident, easygoing demeanor.
Nope, not terrible enthused here. Santiago can't hit at all and he's never played more than 85 games in a season at shortstop. His defensive reputation is generally good, but he's also 32. Why you'd drop a reasonably priced Ronny Cedeno for Santiago is kind of beyond me.
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The Pirates are reportedly interested in Ramon Santiago as a potential everyday shortstop, according to FoxSports.com’s Jon Morosi. Santiago, 32, isn’t exciting at all, but he’s probably better than Ronny Cedeno and wouldn’t cost much. His defense is supposedly pretty good, but he hasn’t ever played more than 85 games...
The Pirates are interested in free agent Ramon Santiago as a possible everyday shortstop, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The 32-year-old hits free agency after a decade in the Major Leagues with the Tigers and Mariners.
Santiago hit .260/.311/.384 in Detroit this past season, appearing at shortstop, second and third. He became the Tigers’ regular second baseman...
Saturday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends:
Tiburones de La Guaira 5, Leones del Caracas 4
Caracas was playing catch-up for the whole game. In the top of the 9th, down by 2 runs, Los Leones loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. A wild pitch allowed the runner from third to score, bringing Los Leones within one run of...
The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first addition to the 40-man roster this off-season, signing veteran catcher Rod Barajas to a one year, $4 M deal. The deal comes with a $3.5 M option in 2013 that has no buyout. The move was made exactly one week after teams were eligible to negotiate with free agents. The move was a bit of a surprise considering how young the off-season is...
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...
Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Gerrit Cole will make a start today in the Arizona Fall League for the Mesa Solar Sox. Cole will be making his first start since his rough outing in the AFL Rising Stars game one week ago. He will go up against Phoenix, with the game starting at 2:35 PM EST.
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...
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Rod Barajas - to a one-year deal with a club option
for 2013. It reportedly was a one-year, $4 million contract. The deal includes a $3.5 million club option for 2013 with no buyout.
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.
Hired as Minor League pitching coordinator by the Astros last month after 15 seasons in the same role with the Detroit Tigers, Jon Matlack has spent his first few weeks on the job trying to absorb as much information as he can about the dozens of young arms in the system.
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 Snyder...
Or at least Ellis Island time, as Rod Barajas has signed with the Pirates (one year, $4M)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates and veteran catcher Rod Barajas have agreed to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013.
Barajas will make $4 million in 2012 and the club holds a $3.5 million option for the 2013 season. If Barajas is traded, it becomes a mutual option. The 36-year...