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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has noted that Pedro Alvarez and Alex Presley "will get the first shot" at their respective positions.

Taking a Look at the Pirates’ Crowded Bullpen

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they had signed right handed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Cruz was considered one of the better set-up men in the game just a few years ago, and is coming off a pretty good year pitching out of Tampa Bay’s bullpen, one year removed from a shoulder injury. Following the move, I raised...

Baseball America Releases 2012 Top 100 Draft Prospects

Baseball America has released their pre-season top 100 draft prospects today, complete with scouting reports for each player. The Pirates will have four to five picks in the top 100, depending on whether Derrek Lee signs with another team or opts for retirement. The Pirates pick eighth overall in the first round. Baseball America’s eighth ranked player is Brian Johnson, a left...

This Date in Pirates History: February 4

On this date in Pittsburgh Pirates history five former players have been born as well as one new player just signed last month. Starting with the newest former player first, relief pitcher Dan Plesac was born on this date in 1962. He was a lefty reliever with nine years experience already when the Pirates signed him as a free agent on November 9, 1994. He went 2-3 4.61 in 54 games...

The BP First Take: Friday, February 3 by Daniel Rathman

As spring training approaches, almost every player looking for a bounce-back season claims to be in the best shape of his life. Pirates infielder Casey McGehee is no exception; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Bill Brink tweeted on Thursday that the first-year Bucco has lost nearly 25 pounds and “cut [his] body fat in half.” The premise may be as clichéd as any in baseball,...

Pirates sign reliever Brian Tallet

Kevin Goldstein from Baseball Prospectus tweeted today that the Pirates signed left-handed reliever Brian Tallet. Tallet’s deal is a minor league contract and does not yet include an invite to spring training (Major League camp). After hearing that an invite to camp doesn’t go along with this signing, I think it is safe to say that Tallet will be starting off the year in AAA...

Pirates Roundtable Podcast: Episode 1

Hopefully this will be the beginning of something semi-regular and fun. Last night, Jon of McEffect, Jim of North Side Notch, and Cory of Three Rivers Burgh Blog joined me in a podcast to discuss the Pirates’ offseason and some other random things. Specific topics include: The additions of Clint Barmes, Rod Barajas, and Nate McLouth (for some reason we forgot Casey McGehee, I’m...

Pirates set arbitration date with McGehee

The Pirates and Casey McGehee have an arbitration hearing scheduled for Feb. 16 if they cannot agree on terms of a contract before that time.

Pirates sign Juan Cruz to minor league deal

The Pirates announced today that veteran reliever Juan Cruz has signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Cruz, 33, pitched for the Rays last season and posted a 3.88 ERA in 48 2/3 innings. Throughout his 11 season career, he has a 9.1 K/9 ratio and has served as a pretty good setup man. Many people say he could end up being this year’s version...

Pirates Sign Brian Tallet

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed pitcher Brian Tallet, according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. No word on whether the deal is a major league deal or a minor league deal. Tallet has a career 4.79 ERA in 460 major league innings, pitching for three teams. Last year he split time between St. Louis and Toronto, but had poor results with a 9.45 ERA in 13.1 innings...

Report: Pirates to sign LHP Tallet

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to sign left-handed pitcher Brian Tallet, according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.It's unclear whether the lefty will receive a major league or minor league contract.The 34-year-old split the 2011 season between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals. He posted a 9.45 ERA in 13 innings last season.Tallet posted a 3.38 ERA...

Pirates sign Brian Tallet

The Bucs signed veteran lefty Brian Tallet today. The 34 year-old has suffered through injuries and a couple of poor seasons recently, so I would assume that it’s a minor league deal. Tallet has been reasonably effective against lefties, so he’ll probably join Daniel Moskos and Doug Slaten in the group that will be fighting for a second lefty bullpen slot behind Tony Watson...

Pirates sign Juan Cruz

The Bucs inked reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league deal (with an invite to Spring Training) on Wednesday. Cruz is a 33-year old righty with 11 big-league seasons under his belt. His career ERA is 4.13, and last year with Tampa Bay he went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA. He tends to put up good strikeout numbers (9.1 K/9 for his career) while walking a few too many (4.8 BB/9). This actually...

Pirates invite reliever Cruz to spring training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league contract and will invite him to spring training.
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