Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/25/11

First of all, I’m down a couple percentage points and need you to keep voting for me (Brian) to win a scholarship. The voting goes on until Wednesday and although I feel bad about constantly posting about it, you can vote every day so I think it’s still possible to make up the deficit.

Now on to some news and notes:

  • The Pirates tweeted:
  • As expected, the Pirates didn’t offer arbitration to Ryan Ludwick or Chris Snyder.
  • Brian Jeroloman was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays. Jeroloman had an illustrious Pirates career. On Friday the Bucs claimed him off waivers and put him on the 40-man roster. On Monday they took him right back off the 40-man roster after signing Clint Barmes. Then the Blue Jays grabbed him back off waivers on Wednesday.
  • The other day I mentioned that I thought leaving Eric Fryer off the 40-man seemed like a curious decision, but he cleared waivers so the Bucs will get to retain him.
  • The Bucs signed six minor league free agents: Kyle Cofield, Jose Diaz, Brandon Boggs, Jake Fox, Shairon Martis, and Stefan Welch. Boggs, Martis, and Fox were invited to spring training as well. Those three have seen limited action in the major leagues, and could have outside shots to make the club.
  • MLB’s “suggestion” (that factors strongly into a strict requirement for the total bonuses paid to picks in the first ten rounds) for the Bucs’ first-round pick in June’s draft will be $2.9 million. The Pirates pick 8th, and this year’s 8th overall pick received exactly $2.9 million.

Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving. 132 days until Opening Day.

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