Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 12/20/11

There hasn’t been much going on since Piratefest, but here are some tidbits:

  • The Bucs signed Jeff Clement to a minor league deal today. This is possibly the least exciting news ever, but like I said, it’s a slow news week. Clement basically fell off the face of the earth after failing miserably in his chance to become the everyday first baseman once he was acquired from Seattle in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell trade. I doubt he’ll make it past Indianapolis again.
  • The Bucs also announced the Ryota Igarashi minor league signing that was reported last week.
  • The Reds and Padres made a significant trade over the weekend, sending ace Mat Latos to Cincinnati in exchange for a big package including Edinson Volquez and Yonder Alonso. It seems pretty clear that San Diego got the better end of the deal, but Latos will certainly give the Reds’ pitching staff a big boost.
  • A couple former Bucs signed minor league contracts elsewhere: Steve Pearce with the Twins, Brian Burres with the Giants, and Xavier Paul with the Nats.
  • The Rangers won the Yu Darvish negotiating rights sweepstakes with a bid of $51.7 million – just to negotiate with the Japanese star pitcher, not to actually sign him. The Pirates didn’t make a bid – for perspective, their Opening Day payroll will probably be right around $50 million.

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