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An important part of the offseason is approaching, as teams must decide if they will be tendering contracts to their salary arbitration-eligible players by Friday night. For those unfamiliar with the process, players have three years of arb eligibility after their first three seasons in the majors. If a team tenders them a contract, they’ll receive a moderate raise–either through an agreement between the player and the team, or in a hearing where an arbiter chooses either the team’s or player’s suggested salary. Players that are non-tendered become free agents.
The Pirates have eight players that they’ll need to deal with this week:
1st arb year | 2012: .280/.342/.426 | 2012 salary: $500k | MLBTR projected 2013 salary: $2.9 million
Walker will obviously get a contract. The question with him is if (or when) extension talks will heat up. The Bucs control Neil’s rights through 2016 so there is certainly no rush to get anything done, but there was some chatter about it when...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have made two trades today, per a team press release. They acquired Zach Stewart from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. They also acquired Vin Mazzaro and Clint Robinson from Kansas City for minor league pitchers Luis Rico and Luis Santos.
Stewart was once the top prospect in the Toronto system, and has been involved in several trades over...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired four professional scouts, per a team press release. The scouts are Ricky Bennett, Carlos Berroa, Ron Hopkins, and John Kosciak.
Bennett spent the last eight years with the Houston Astros, including the last two years as their Director of Professional Scouting. Prior to that he was with Detroit for eight years, including three years as the Director...
Today Baseball America released their top 100 college prospects for the 2013 draft. At the top of the list was Mark Appel, who ranked as the top prospect in the draft in their rankings back in August. That’s similar to last year, when Appel was the top prospect in the draft pre-season, but fell to eighth overall on draft day. Other notable players on the list:
21. Kent Emanuel...
Earlier today I wrote my “First Pitch” article, titled “Why the Pirates Shouldn’t Sign Russell Martin”. I spent some time taking a deep look at Martin, and looking at the Pirates’ situation. I had it all set up to post at midnight. Then the Pirates signed Martin to a two year, $17 M deal. Nothing really changed with my thoughts below, except for the fact that the move...
The Pirates have reached a deal with free agent catcher Russell Martin, pending a physical. The deal is for $17 million over two years.
Martin, 29, was the Yankees’ catcher in 2011 and 2012 after five years with the Dodgers. He’s a three-time All-Star and has a reputation as a good defensive catcher, but has seen his offensive numbers decline over the last few seasons. He hit...
The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart from the Boston Red
Sox in exchange for a player to be named later.
The Pirates made two minor trades on Wednesday, acquiring Vin Mazzaro, Clint Robinson, and Zach Stewart from the Royals and Red Sox. The Bucs sent minor leaguers Luis Rico and Luis Santos to Kansas City for Mazzaro and Robinson, and they will send Boston a player to be named later in exchange for Stewart.
Mazzaro, Robinson, and Stewart were added to the 40-man roster, and to clear...
Chan Ho Park last pitched in 2011 with the Orix Buffaloes. His last appearance in Major League Baseball came in 2010 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Park spent seventeen seasons in the major leagues after signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994.
Park, 39, was once one of the best pitchers in baseball. In his eight seasons with the Dodgers the right hander was 80-54 with a 3.80...
The Pittsburgh Pirates made several moves on Wednesday that included trades with the Royals and Red Sox. The Pirates acquired first baseman Clint Robinson and right-hander Vin Mazzaro from Kansas City in exchange for pitching prospects Luis Rico and Luis Santos. Pittsburgh also obtained right-hander Zach Stewart from Boston for a player to be named later. Mazzaro, 26, was 4...
The Pittsburgh Pirates were reportedly hot in pursuit of former Yankees catcher Russell Martin, and for two years and $17 million, Martin is now a Pirate.
Martin, who will turn 30 this coming February, made $7.5 million with the Yankees this past season, his second with the club. In 133 games, he had 21 homers and a .211/.311/.403 line, providing 2.2 wins above replacement for...
As per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Pirates have reached terms with Russell Martin, pending a physical. We will continue to flesh this out with more details about the terms of the deal as they become available.