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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...
Via On-Base Talk
2 hours 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...
Via Mets Merized Online
6 hours 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...
Via On-Base Talk
8 hours 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...
Via Pirates Prospects
19 hours 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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
20 hours 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...
Via On-Base Talk
23 hours 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,...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day 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...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day 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...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

On A.J. Burnett Going To The Pirates

A.J. Burnett didn’t have the best time in his one-year stint with the Phillies. After a start on April 11 against the Marlins, he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia–or, in other words, a part of his abdomen was bulging or protruding where it should not have been. The injury is not the type to fix itself with rest, and Burnett elected to pitch through the pain, rather than...
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Good Bye Super Russ

Russell Martin has made his decision. He won’t be returning to the Pirates. Yesterday he agreed to a 5 year $82 million contract with the Blue Jays. That is a whopper of a deal that the Pirates had no hope of matching. Good for Russ. He played two terrific seasons in Pittsburgh to position himself for this mega-deal. Martin leaves Pittsburgh as a beloved player. He was an elite...
Via Hidden Vigorish
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Farewell and thank you, Russell Martin

Now that it’s more or less official that Russell Martin won’t be a Pirate in 2015, I have some mixed feelings. I don’t know how much money the Pirates offered Martin and I suspect that we won’t really know for sure (their negotiations with starting pitchers will be much more difficult if agents know how much they were willing to spend on Martin) for a while, but from my perspective...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Commit to Playoff Race, Sign Russell Martin

This past year, as a regular for the Pirates, Russell Martin was worth 5.3 WAR, according to our data. Here’s the list of Blue Jays catchers who’ve had five-win seasons: (1) The year before, also with the Pirates, Martin was worth 4.1 WAR. Here’s the list of Blue Jays catchers who’ve had four-win seasons: (1) […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year deal

About an hour after I named Russell Martin one of the bargains of this free agent crop, the Blue Jays removed him from the pile, signing him to a five year, $82.5 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal. This was slightly higher than the 5/$75M I’d guessed in my predictions, and quite a bit higher […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

GM Neal Huntington Not Wasting Time This Offseason

We are barely two weeks into the MLB Hot Stove Season and Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington has already pulled the trigger on two major moves. On November 12th the Pirates acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Justin Wilson. Cervelli and backup catcher Chris Stewart make for a decent tandem that should give the Pirates at least a competent...
Via Hidden Vigorish
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett returns to the Pirates for one year, $8.5 million

The Pittsburgh Pirates made probably the most shocking move of the early part of the MLB offseason, bringing back A.J. Burnett on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million. The #Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RHP A.J. Burnett (@wudeydo34) for 2015. pic.twitter.com/qS623MDvzQ — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014 Burnett shined for the Pirates from 2012...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Reunite with A.J. Burnett

Over the last few years, the Pirates have developed a bit of a reputation for being exceptional at extracting value from discarded pitchers: Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and Mark Melancon are three of the more recent examples, for instance. However, before any of those three got to Pittsburgh, the Pirates worked their voodoo on A.J. […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen finishes third in NL MVP voting, Josh Harrison ninth, Russell Martin 13th

Baseball’s award season officially culminated in the MVP Awards tonight, and for the second time in three years, Andrew McCutchen finished third in the balloting. Of course, he won the award in the season he didn’t finish third, so he’s on a pretty solid run. Clayton Kershaw won the award, which shouldn’t have come as a surprise, and Giancarlo Stanton finished second. Josh...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Trade Francisco Cervelli To Pirates For Reliever Justin Wilson

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the New York Yankees in exchange for reliever Justin Wilson. Mainly a backup with the Yankees, the 28-year-old Cervelli batted .301 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 49 games last season. The Pirates could have an opening at catcher if they are unable to re-sign Russell Martin, a free agent who declined...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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