Found December 13, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
The Pittsburgh Pirates are still interested in Derrek Lee for first base, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Lee was offered arbitration last month, but turned down that offer a week ago to pursue free agency. He is believed to be waiting for the top options on the board to sign, hoping that will improve his market.  Albert Pujols signed last week with the Los Angeles Angels, which leaves Prince Fielder as the only road block. Lee would have some competition on the open market from Carlos Pena. Both players would be options for teams that missed out on Fielder and Pujols. The Pirates currently project to have a platoon at first base between Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee. Adding Lee would add some insurance. Right now if Pedro Alvarez has a repeat of his 2011 season, the Pirates are looking at Jones and McGehee as full time starters at the corners. That’s not an ideal situation, and the addition of Lee could help boost one of those corner spots, while adding Jones and McGehee as dep...

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Top Prospects: #9 – Kyle McPherson

The Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide will be released later this week, featuring over 250 prospect reports, the 2012 top 50 prospects, a feature on the top four pitching prospects in the system, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top ten prospects...

Pirates sign Jason Grilli for $1.1 million

Pirates, Jason Grilli agree to terms on a $1.1MM deal for 2011, I have learned. — Ben Nicholson-Smith (@mlbtrben) December 13, 2011 Sack is back. Jason Grilli posted a 2.48 ERA over 32.2 innings last season. He struck out 37 and walked 15. This deal will avoid the Bucs taking Grilli to arbitration.

Pirates Tender All Arbitration Eligible Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have tendered all of their arbitration eligible players, per a team press release.  The team also announced that Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo will officially become free agents at midnight after being non-tendered by the team. All of the remaining 0-3 players who weren’t under contract were tendered an offer.

Braves Interested In Ronny Cedeno

The Braves are among the teams interested in free agent shortstop Ronny Cedeno, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (on Twitter). The Peter E. Greenberg & Associates client has been on Atlanta's backup shortstop and utility list all offseason, O'Brien reports. The Pirates declined Cedeno's option earlier this offseason, after he...

Jeremy Hefner Claimed By the Mets

The New York Mets have claimed right handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN. Hefner was originally acquired by the Pirates off of waivers from the San Diego Padres on November 18th. He was waived last week to make room for Yamaico Navarro on the 40-man roster. Rubin also notes that the Mets have signed left hander...

Analyzing the Non-Tender Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a somewhat busy day today. They swapped arbitration eligible players with the Milwaukee Brewers, reached a pre-arbitration deal with Jason Grilli, non-tendered Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo, and tendered offers to the rest of the players who were without contracts in 2012. In the biggest move of the day, the Pirates traded Jose Veras to the Milwaukee...

Pirates bring back Grilli on one-year contract

Jason Grilli will be back in the Pirates' bullpen next season, having secured his spot on the club by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with Pittsburgh.

Meek aiming to ease back into setup role in '12

One of seven arbitration-eligible players to be tendered a contract before Monday's midnight ET deadline, Evan Meek stands in line to return to the setup role that he never settled into last season.

Pirates trade RHP Jose Veras to Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded right-handed pitcher Jose Veras to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for third baseman Casey McGehee, according to a team press release by the Brewers. The Brewers agreed to a three-year deal with Aramis Ramirez earlier today.  That move made McGehee expandable for Milwaukee. Image by Steve Paluch under the Creative Commons License.

Mets pick up Hefner, sign May & Olson

The Mets have signed 27-year-old C Lucas May and 28-year-old LHP Garrett Olson to minor league deals, while claiming RHP Jeremy Hefner off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Adam Rubin from ESPN New York.

Ex-Cubs, Brewers 3B McGehee dealt to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired third baseman Casey McGehee from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for reliever Jose Veras on Monday night.
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