Posted December 08, 2011 on
The Pittsburgh Pirates today selected infielder Gustavo Nunez off the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A Toledo roster with the eighth pick in the annual Rule 5 Draft.

Jeremy Hefner Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner for assignment in order to make room for Yamaico Navarro on the 40-man roster. Hefner was originally claimed by the Pirates on November 18th, after being designated for assignment by the Padres. The Pirates will have ten days to trade, waive, or release Hefner. If he clears waivers, the team can assign him to AAA.

Recapping the Winter Meetings

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a busy week at the Winter Meetings by taking four players in the Rule 5 draft, three from the AAA phase of the draft. During the week they added two major league free agents, made one trade, and cut ties with Ross Ohlendorf. Here is a list of the players added, dropped, traded, or just generally involved in a transaction this week. Free Agency Erik...

Viewing the offseason as a whole

In one of the more personally amusing incidences of online post-scheduling this winter, I wrote a preview of the Pirates' off-season for The Hardball Times that went live on Wednesday morning, hours before the club finalized a contract with Nate McLouth, signed Erik Bedard, and traded for Yamaico Navarro. These sorts of things are unavoidable, of course, but it's quite amusing...

Tigers finalize 1-year deal with P Dotel

The Detroit Tigers finalized a one-year contract with veteran reliever Octavio Dotel. Dotel is expected to make $3.5 million for the deal, according to The contract includes a club option for 2013. The 38-year-old righthander was acquired from Toronto during last season and was 2-1 with three holds and a 2.61 ERA in 12 postseason appearances. All told, he posted a 5...

Erik Bedard to Sign With Pirates Today?

The Pittsburgh Pirates may be close to a deal with free agent left hander Erik Bedard, according to Marc Brassard (h/t to Blitzburgh Blog for the find). The report is written in French, as is an article translated from a news site in Canada.  The translation is a bit rough, but both seem to say that Bedard will sign for $4.5 M plus incentives, and that a deal could be reached today...

Pirates Release Ross Ohlendorf

The Pirates have released Ross Ohlendorf, tweets's Jenifer Langosch. The 29-year-old had been a Pirate since the Yankees traded him to Pittsburgh in 2008's Xavier Nady/Jose Tabata deal. Ohlendorf was coming off a dismal 2011 campaign in which he posted an 8.15 ERA in nine starts for the Pirates. He was arbitration eligible, and MLBTR's projected a salary...

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.

Tigers Close to Deal with Octavio Dotel

Danny Knobler of CBSSports is reporting that the Tigers are close to signing reliever Octavio Dotel. If the deal becomes official, the 38-year-old right-hander will break a record by joining his 13th MLB team.  It is not known yet whether it's a one or two year deal or how much much he'll be paid. Dotel has been a consistent performer throughout most of his career and...

Tigers send P Perry to Nationals for P Balester

The Detroit Tigers acquired Collin Balester from the Washington Nationals for Ryan Perry in a swap of right-handed relievers. The 25-year-old Balester made 23 appearances with the Nationals last season, logging a 1-4 record and 4.54 ERA. Perry, 24, went 2-0 with a 5.35 ERA in 36 appearances with Detroit last season.

Tony La Russa says of Tigers' Octavio Dotel: 'We wouldn't have won without him'

After the Tigers announced Octavio Dotel's signing on Friday, Tony La Russa gave this summation of how vital Dotel was to the Cardinals this season: "We couldn't have won without him."

Pittsburgh comes to terms with Bedard, McLouth

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with veteran left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard and outfielder Nate McLouth.

Congratulations, Octavio Dotel!

One of my all-time favorite Partial Season Pirates, Octavio Dotel, signed with the Detroit Tigers today. That gives him an MLB-record 13 career teams and since he seems to be happy about it, I'm happy for him. I'm so happy for that I made a Sporcle quiz honoring his achievment and wrote a longer post about it over at the Outside Corner. I'm not sure if I actually care...
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