Found December 07, 2011 on
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I've got a busy end of the day here, but there are a few things we need to catch up on here: Rob Biertempfel tweets that the Pirates are out on Wilson Betemit, which means that the utility infield job is still open. Ian Stewart, here we come! Meanwhile, the addition of both McLouth and Bedard means the club has two roster spots to open up and so they've DFA'd both Jason Jaramillo and Pedro Ciriaco (I'm having trouble figuring out exactly who reported this first, but it's all over the place by now). I'm pretty surprised to see that Ohlendorf wasn't one of the people DFA'd, because I'm almost positive he'll be a non-tender in the coming days or weeks. It's possible he'll be removed to make room for a Rule 5 pick at the end of the meetings. In any case, it's odd that they'd DFA these two with the non-tenders coming up, so maybe we should read this as a sign that more moves are coming in the near future. What a day, huh? I guess I ...
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Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are no longer pursuing infielder Wilson Betemit. We heard yesterday that the team was closing in on deals with Betemit and Nate McLouth. The McLouth deal is done, and is expected to be made official today.
Rob Biertempfel tweets today that the Pirates are "[moving] closer" to signing both Nate McLouth and Wilson Betemit. As long as McLouth is in on a one-year deal, I have no problem with him being a fourth outfielder and maybe even spelling Jose Tabata from time to time, both in hopes of keeping him healthy and giving the Pirates the occasional platoon advantage. (UPDATE...
The Pirates designated catcher Jason Jaramillo for assignment today upon announcing the Erik Bedard signing, according to a press release. Jaramillo, 29, hit .276/.368/.373 in 155 Triple-A plate appearances this year.
The Pirates cut ties with utility infielder Pedro Ciriaco on Wednesday, designating him for assignment in order to open up a roster spot for the organization's newest free-agent additions.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are moving closer to deals with infielder Wilson Betemit and outfielder Nate McLouth, according to Rob Biertempfel. We’ve heard about their interest in McLouth for the last two days. We’ve also heard that the Pirates are looking for contingency plans if Pedro Alvarez struggles again this year, which is where Betemit comes in. He hit for a .285/.343/.452...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Erik Bedard signing official, per a team press release. To make room on the 40-man roster, Jason Jaramillo has been designated for assignment. More updates to come.
Earlier today we heard that the Pirates reached an agreement with Nate McLouth. The move was just made official, per a team press release. To clear space for McLouth on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated infielder Pedro Ciriaco for assignment. The Pirates have ten days to waive, trade, or release Ciriaco. If he clears waivers, they can outright him to AAA.
The Pirates designated infielder Pedro Ciriaco, announced the Pirates in a press release making the Nate McLouth signing official.
With the signings of Erik Bedard and Nate McLouth being made official, the following updates have been made to the site:
-The 2012 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated. The current projected salary is $43.2 M.
-The Future Payroll Chart has been updated, adding Bedard and McLouth, and removing Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo.
-The off-season transaction page has been updated...