Found December 13, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
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 over the next week.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap the countdown so far: 10. Nick Kingham We continue the countdown with the number nine prospect, Kyle McPherson. Kyle McPherson was the Pirates Prospects 2011 Pitcher of the Year. 9. Kyle McPherson, RHP McPherson’s 2011 season was all about showing he could have success in the upper levels of the minors. He had great numbers in West Virginia in 2010, but they came in his second run through the level, and at the age of 22. He was promoted to Bradenton at the end of the year, but only saw four innings at the...

Pirates Still Interested in Derrek Lee

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...

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.

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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