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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump

Saturday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter ball, except for Venezuela. Elias Diaz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a throwing error in his second game of winter ball. Diaz made his debut on Friday night, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Elvis Escobar pinch-ran in the eighth inning and stayed in the game as the DH. He went 0-for-1 with a run scored....
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Radhames Liz

RADHAMES LIZ RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: June 10, 1983Height: 6’2″Weight: 185Bats: RightThrows: RightSigned: Int’l free agent, 2003 (Orioles)How Acquired: Free AgentCountry: Dominican RepublicAgent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Liz signed with Baltimore at a little older age than most top Latin American draftees, but he soon established himself as one...
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Pirates Deal Ike Davis to the A’s

According to several media reports, the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Ike Davis and an international bonus slot (no.86) to the Oakland Athletics for another international bonus slot (no.27). The move comes several days after the Pirates designated Davis for assignment to make room for star prospect, Jameson Taillon ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Davis, formerly of the New York Mets...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Acquire Ike Davis from the Pirates

Continuing their search for bats, the Oakland Athletics have acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international slot money. As A’s insider Susan Slusser indicates, it’s purely a depth move from the A’s standpoint. A source tells me the #Athletics have acquired Ike Davis from the #Pirates for international slot money. It's strictly...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Trade Ike Davis to Oakland A’s

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Oakland A’s in exchange for international slot money according to Susan Slusser. Davis was designated for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for the Pirates to protect players from the Rule V draft. The Pirates and A’s exchanged international slot spots, with the Pirates getting the amount...
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Oakland Athletics Rumors: A's acquire Ike Davis from Pirates

Ike Davis was a hot topic last offseason as he was viewed as a first baseman with upside coming off a down season.  Although several teams were reportedly after him throughout the offseason it wasn't until the season began until the New York Mets finally dealt him away.  This year just days after being designated for assignment, Susan Slusser is reporting that he has been traded...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Could Former Met Davis Land With Nats?

The reports came so close together that they invariably are linked. First, Ike Davis was released by Pittsburgh, and then Met-killer Adam LaRoche bolted the Nationals and signed a two-year, $25-million deal with the White Sox. So, what does two plus two equal? I can see it adding up to Washington signing the former Met. DAVIS: Could he go to Washington? Davis hit 11 homers with...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Elias Diaz Starts in Venezuela, Joely Rodriguez Will Play Winter Ball

In Venezuela tonight, Elias Diaz made his winter debut for Bravos de Margarita. He caught and had a tough night at the plate, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Diaz hit .260/.383/.380 in 50 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League this year. Matt Nevarez threw a scoreless inning, giving up one intentional walk and striking out two batters. In 18.1 innings, he has 19 strikeouts and he’s...
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Pirates Sign Catcher Sebastian Valle

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Sebastian Valle as a minor league free agent. The 24-year-old has spent the last eight seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies system, playing parts of two seasons at AAA. They also announced the signing of catcher Miguel Perez, though he was strictly a coach in 2014 and only played a total of nine games over the 2012-13 seasons, so don’t...
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Pirates agree to 2-year, $3-million deal with Radhames Liz

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz to a two-year, $3-million major-league deal to expand their pitching staff. Radhames Liz gets a 2-year, $3M major-league deal from the #Pirates, as first reported by @mykbo. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) November 21, 2014 Liz was once respected as a top pitching prospect when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ike, Ike, Baby… Pirates DFA Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates designated former Mets first basemen Ike Davis for assignment yesterday.  Pirates GM Neal Huntington told reporters, “As we sit here right now, we’ve essentially committed to Pedro over Ike Davis”. The organization feels the position must be cleared for resident third basemen Pedro Alvarez, who packs an outstanding power bat, but lacks the defensive...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agency: Francisco Liriano

31-year-old left handed pitcher Francisco Liriano is once again a free agent. However, this time around Liriano comes off a two year stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates in which he posted a solid ERA of 3.02 in 2013 and a 3.38 in 2014. Punching out 338 batters over 323.1 innings in that span, as well. The southpaw is sure to get more in his new contract than the $1 million for 2013...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates to Sign Radhames Liz to a Big League Deal

By now the Pittsburgh Pirates are the only people who haven’t said that Radhames Liz is signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. That’s not a surprise, since the Pirates rarely comment on a move until it is finalized, with the physical complete, and the ink dry on the paper. At the start of the week, we heard reports out of Korea and the Dominican Republic, saying the Pirates had...
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Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell Named Among Top AFL Prospects

MLB.com has released their top 25 list for prospects in the Arizona Fall League. They pointed out that this year was a particularly strong year for prospects in the league and they expanded the list from their normal twenty spots. Two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the list, with Tyler Glasnow leading the way in fifth place and Josh Bell ranked 16th overall. There seems to be...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: What Do Today’s Moves Mean For the Rest of the Pirates Off-Season?

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several moves today, adding four players to the 40-man roster, claiming Pedro Florimon from the Washington Nationals, and still not confirming the Radhames Liz deal, even though everyone else is saying it’s a done deal. Here is a rundown from the busy day. The Rule 5 Additions I profiled the Rule 5 additions here, and looked at the guys who are eligible...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster moving day

Behold, the new and…uh, not improved Pirates 40-man roster: The #Pirates 40-man roster now contains 40 players (20 pitchers, 4 catchers, 9 infielders and 7 outfielders). pic.twitter.com/hy6WDZApRO — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 21, 2014 The list changed quite a bit on Wednesday, as it was the deadline to protect Rule-5 draft eligible prospects by adding them to the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates designate Ike Davis for assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Thursday that they have designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment. After, they added pitcher Jameson Taillon to the 40-man roster. Pittsburgh now has 10 days to either trade or release Davis. Davis was moved to a part time first baseman after being acquired back in April from the New York Mets. However, once it was announced that Pedro Alvarez...
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Pirates designate Ike Davis for assignemnt

The days of Ike Davis being an everyday option at first base re just about over. On Thursday the Pirates designed the 27-year-old for assignment following a season in which he hit .233/.344/.378 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI over 143 games between the Mets and Pirates. Davis will now get an early start on his look for a new team. A week ago he was said to be learning the play in...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates DFA Ike Davis and fill out 40-man roster for Rule 5 deadline, plus Radhames Liz and Pedro Florimon

The Pirates have been awfully busy over the last 24 hours whereas I have not been particularly busy on the blogging front, so I’ve got some catching up to do. Let’s start with the moves the club made tonight to shore up their 40-man roster in anticipation of the midnight deadline to protect eligible players from this year’s Rule 5 draft. The Pirates added Jameson Taillon,...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2014 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding four players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 11th. The players on the lists below are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. When a player is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, that means any team can select him in the draft, paying $50,000 to the former team. The drafting team has to protect...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Claim Pedro Florimon From the Nationals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder Pedro Florimon from the Washington Nationals, per the Nationals ( via MLBTR). Florimon has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, posting a .565 OPS while playing shortstop. He’s got great fielding numbers, with a 3.8 UZR/150 in his career, and a positive trend. Here are his UZR/150 numbers over the last four years. 2011: -49.4...
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Radhames Liz’s Winter League Team Announces His Deal With the Pirates

The winter league team of pitcher Radhames Liz has announced his agreement to a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Estrellas de Oriente posted this article(link is in Spanish) saying that Liz has agreed to the 2/3M deal and is now in Pittsburgh taking his physical and signing the contract. They also point out that he has regularly hit 97-98 MPH this winter, which is the same...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Keeping Track of Today’s Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster Additions

Today is the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. Yesterday I wrote about the protection process, along with who should be protected this year. The Pirates have until 11:59 PM EST tonight to set their rosters. In previous years, the official announcements have come anywhere from 1 PM to after 9 PM. Usually by this point...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Two Pirates Players Make Their Winter Debut

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Tony Sanchez caught his second game. He went 0-for-3 at the plate. In his debut on Tuesday, he drew two walks and threw out a runner attempting to steal. Gustavo Nunez played his first game since signing with the Pirates. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, though he drove in his 14th run. He is hitting .267 through 23 games, with nine doubles...
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Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?

Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to protect players from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, the basic rundown is that players are eligible to be selected by another team in their fourth or fifth Rule 5 draft (depending on when they signed), unless they are added to the 40-man roster. If a player was 18 or younger in his signing year, he is eligible...
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