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Craig Monroe | Outfielder

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (41) / 2/27/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1995 / Rd. 8 (0) / TEX

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Pirates released outfielder Craig Monroe.
Monroe was designated for assignment on June 20 after hitting just .215/.287/.354 in 79 at-bats. He passed through waivers, but either didn't want to head to Triple-A Indianapolis or the Pirates had seen enough. Whatever the case may be, he's a free agent now. Wed, Jul 1, 2009 03:55:00 PM

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Pirates designated Craig Monroe for assignment.

Monroe, hitting just .215 on the season, was moved to make roster room for Steve Pearce.
Sat, Jun 20, 2009 10:17:00 AM

Craig Monroe went 3-for-5 with three RBI Saturday to help the Pirates top the Padres.

Monroe doubled once and singled twice to lift his average to .304. He had the Pirates' coaching staff licking their chops this spring when he blasted eight home runs, and he's kept a nice pace at the plate over the first month of the regular season. Still, the Pirates haven't committed enough regular playing time to Monroe for him to have any sort of fantasy value.
Sun, Apr 26, 2009 12:49:00 AM

Craig Monroe hit two three-run homers in a win over the Braves on Saturday afternoon.

Monroe homered in back-to-back innings, with the first off starter Jo-Jo Reyes in the sixth and the second off reliever Buddy Carlyle in the seventh. He showcased considerable clout during Spring Training, tying the club record with nine home runs. Still, he's unlikely to get enough regular playing time to have any value, even in NL-only leagues.
Sat, Apr 18, 2009 03:13:00 PM

Craig Monroe will get his first start of the season on Wednesday night against the Astros.

He's hitless in just three at-bats on the young season, and is not currently worth owning in most NL-only leagues. The left-handed hitting Brandon Moss is out of the starting lineup against lefty Mike Hampton.
Wed, Apr 15, 2009 04:40:00 PM

Craig Monroe hit his eighth home run of the spring Saturday, tying a team record.

Monroe is likely to be a part-time player to start the season but could find his way onto the field more if he keeps raking like this. He's shown himself to have power during his career, but he has also shown himself to be rather inconsistent.
Sun, Apr 5, 2009 10:47:00 AM

Pirates purchased the contract of outfielder Craig Monroe from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Nyjer Morgan and Brandon Moss are both left-handed hitters, as is top backup Eric Hinske, so Monroe should find his way into the lineup against southpaws more of the time. However, with all of those left-handed hitters in front of him, playing time versus righties should be scarce.
Fri, Apr 3, 2009 02:47:00 PM

Craig Monroe went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the Pirates' 6-5 win over the Reds.

Monroe joins the crowd at seven homers, tying him for third place this spring. The 32-year-old was informed Wednesday that he's made the Pirates. Most of his action figures to come against left-handers, so barring a surprise Nyjer Morgan demotion, he's unlikely to be an asset in NL-only leagues.
Thu, Apr 2, 2009 04:58:00 PM

Craig Monroe has made the Pirates' Opening Day roster.

Monroe has hit .281 with six homers and 13 RBI this spring, but with Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan and Brandon Moss occupying the starting outfield spots, Monroe's at-bats will mostly come as a pinch-hitter and spot starter versus lefties, leaving him with marginal value even in NL-only leagues.
Wed, Apr 1, 2009 08:19:00 PM

Craig Monroe hit three homers to double his spring total to six and lead the Pirates to a 6-4 win over the Twins on Thursday.

Monroe hit a disgusting .202/.274/.405 in 163 at-bats before being cut by the Twins last season, but he could bounce back and reemerge as a useful platoon player. Since Nyjer Morgan has done nothing at all this spring, the Pirates may start considering going with Eric Hinske and Monroe in left field once the season starts.
Thu, Mar 12, 2009 06:17:00 PM

Pirates signed outfielder Craig Monroe and catcher Miguel Perez to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training.

The Twins gave Monroe $3.82 million last season and then started him over Jason Kubel on Opening Day, but he hit .202/.274/.405 in 163 at-bats and was let go on Aug. 1. He could bounce back and prove to be a reasonable option against left-handed pitchers, perhaps in a platoon with Nyjer Morgan. Still, he'd be nothing more than a stopgap for the Pirates and there were interesting minor league free agents capable of filling the same role.
Tue, Jan 13, 2009 02:17:00 PM

Twins designated outfielder Craig Monroe for assignment.

At least that 2-for-4 game on Sunday got Monroe above the Mendoza Line. He hit .202/.274/.405 with eight homers in 163 at-bats during his stay with the Twins. He was even worse last year, so it's looking like he'll have nothing more than minor league contract offers in his future unless he catch on with another team quickly and make a real contribution over the final two months. The Astros are one team that might want some right-handed power off the bench.
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 05:30:00 PM

The Twins will release both Craig Monroe and Livan Hernandez to make room for Randy Ruiz and Francisco Liriano on the roster.

That was just shy of $9 million that Twins GM Bill Smith wasted to bring in veterans who weren't upgrades on what the team already had. At least the team is cutting its losses now instead of waiting until after the season. Hernandez, though, should have been let go a month ago.
Fri, Aug 1, 2008 04:16:00 PM

Craig Monroe went 0-for-4 as the Twins' No. 5 hitter Saturday against Manny Parra and the Brewers.

Monroe hit fifth even though he's 6-for-54 versus left-handers this season. His struggles would probably result in the Twins calling up Denard Span to start in the outfield if Michael Cuddyer lands on the DL. Monroe has provided the Twins with little return on their $3.82 million investment.
Sat, Jun 28, 2008 10:49:00 PM

Craig Monroe had a two-run homer Friday to help the Twins beat the Diamondbacks.

Monroe's shot was part of a six-run third inning where Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Matt Macri all drove in runs. Monroe is hitting .211 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 123 at-bats.
Fri, Jun 20, 2008 11:07:00 PM

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