Posted December 02, 2011 on
The Pirates continued a busy but blah offseason by signing their third free agent, utilityman Nick Evans, out of minor league free agency Dec. 1. Evans, 25, made 45 appearances with the Mets last season, batting .256 -- to match his career average -- with four home runs.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the minor league staff for the 2012 season. The announcement was made by Pirates Director of Minor League Operations, Larry Broadway. Here are the coaching assignments for each team.
Manager: Dean Treanor
Coach: Jeff Branson
Pitching Coach: Tom Filer
Athletic Trainer: Bryan Housand
The Indianapolis staff will stay the same...
The Dominican and Puerto Rican Leagues have the day off on Thursday, but the Venezuelans were busy, and the Australians had some early games going:
Aguilas de Zulia 7, Tiburones de La Guaira 1
New Pirate Shairon Martis lost his second game of the season, but it was not entirely his fault. Los Tiburones scored 4 unearned runs in the 2nd inning, then...
Winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends on Saturday, including Australian games from Saturday morning….
Estrellas de Oriente 7, Tigres del Licey 5
Five runs in the 8th inning gave the come-from-behind win to Los Estrellas. Los Tigres scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st, aided by a wild pitch and three passed balls by C Dusty Brown...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been busy on December 3rd throughout the years, making many minor trades, signings and waiver claims. The most productive of all transactions made on this date was the amateur free agent signing of an 18 year old infielder out of Puerto Rico named Jose Lind on this date in 1982. Lind progressed through the Pirates minor league system slowly, moving up...
Keith Law released a ranking of baseball’s best players who are 25 and under. The list doesn’t include anyone who has lost their Rookie of the Year eligibility, so most top prospects were not included. Andrew McCutchen was ranked second on the list, trailing only Justin Upton. Law noted that McCutchen doesn’t have the offensive upside of Upton, but provides more value on...
Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action:
Gigantes del Cibao 6, Leones del Escogido 3
RF Starling Marte continued his happy return to the playing field after missing some time with muscle strain. Today he went 2-for-4 with a double and a single. That’s 5-for-15 in the past three games after going hitless in his first game back...
Rob Biertempfel has a few updates on some international free agents via Twitter:
-He mentions that the Pirates have interest in Yoenis Cespedes, but that they will quickly back away if the bidding gets crazy.
-The Pirates have interest in left handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Biertempfel. This is the second time we’ve heard the team linked to Wada. About...
The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of four teams who spoke with Mark DeRosa’s surgeon, according to Ken Rosenthal. DeRosa has been sidelined for a good amount of time the last two years with a left wrist injury, which required two surgeries. The Nationals, Rangers, and Indians have also spoken to DeRosa’s surgeon, and the Giants have expressed interest, according to Rosenthal...
Matt PagnozziToday the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed free agent catcher Matt Pagnozzi to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League spring training.Pagnozzi, 29, is a journeyman catcher with nine years of pro experience and spent most of the 2011 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs in the Rockies organization where he hit .275 (49-for-178) with 13...