Found December 08, 2011 on WHYGAVS?:
With the Winter Meetings wrapping up now that the Rule 5 draft is over, we can probably assume that the Pirates are dont making moves, at least for the next few days. So, for now, let's take a breath and count the players that the Pirates have added to the 40-man roster since the regular season ended:  Erik Bedard Jeremy Hefner Rudy Owens Duke Welker Justin Wilson Rod Barajas Clint Barmes Matt Hague Jordy Mercer Yamaico Navarro Gustavo Nunez Starling Marte Nate McLouth  Less than half of those players were added from within the organization to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. And I'm almost certain the Pirates aren't done yet. This is going to be a heck of a different roster when 2012 begins. 

Power Rankings: The Pirates' Cookie-Cutter Catchers

With the addition of Jose Morales, the Pirates currently have a hilarious six catchers that are somewhere between the Majors and Triple-A, not counting actual prospect Tony Sanchez. They are, in alphabetical order, Rod Barajas, Jake Fox, Eric Fryer, Jason Jaramillo, Mike McKenry, Morales, and Wyatt Toregas. I have never seen such an acumulation of mediocre-to-sub-par catching talent...

Pirates sign Erik Bedard

The Pirates made another move this afternoon, signing left-handed starter Erik Bedard to a 1-year, $4.5 million deal. I don’t have a lot of time for a long post, but I am a big fan of this pickup. Bedard is a very good pitcher – possibly the best on the current staff – when healthy. The problem is that he’s ridiculously injury-prone. Still, it’s a very worthwhile risk for...

Winter Mtgs: Hurdle on Watson

Tony Watson, who made large strides while on the mound at the University of Nebraska, has made a few more- this time at the major league level with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Manager Clint Hurdle gives his thoughts on how Watson has dealt with the transition, and what he expects of him heading into 2012.

Erik Bedard is a risk the Pirates have to take

I've already written quite a bit about Erik Bedard, both below and at the beginning of November, but now that it looks like a deal is happening I want to give the lefty his own post. You can check out his career stats here and get into the nitty-gritty here at FanGraphs, but basically Bedard is a fastball/curveball guy that can get a lot of swings and misses when he's healthy...

Report from Canada: Erik Bedard will sign with the Pirates

Marc Brassard of Ottawa's Le Droit just tweeted this: Érik Bédard, de Navan, va signer un contrat d'un an pour 4,5 M $ plus primes avec les Pirates de Pittsburgh ce PM, a appris le Droit. My french is rusty (translation: I took spanish in high school, I speak no french) roughly translates to "Erik Bedard, of Nevan, will sign a one-year contract for $4.5 million,...

Roster odds and ends

I've got a busy end of the day here, but there are a few things we need to catch up on here: Rob Biertempfel tweets that the Pirates are out on Wilson Betemit, which means that the utility infield job is still open. Ian Stewart, here we come! Meanwhile, the addition of both McLouth and Bedard means the club has two roster spots to open up and so they've DFA'd both Jason...

Pirates acquire Yamaico Navarro from Royals for Brooks Pounders

When the news broke this afternoon that the Pirates were no longer in on Wilson Betemit and that they'd made their roster moves to accomodate Erik Bedard and Nate McLouth without releasing Ross Ohlendorf, my gut feeling was that it was a sign that there was another move in the offing. It turns out that was a good instinct: the Pirates traded Brooks Pounders and Diego Goris tonight...

Pirates sign minor league C Jose Morales

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league free agent catcher Jose Morales.
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