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Pirates re-signed C Miguel Perez to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old did not play during the 2014 season, serving as a player-coach in the Pirates organization at Low-A West Virginia. He's expected to function in a similar role someplace in the Pirates organization in 2015.
Nov 22 - 10:14 AM

Pirates signed C Sebastian Valle to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old backstop heads across the state after spending his first eight minor league seasons in the Phillies organization. Better regarded for his defensive prowess than his offensive skillset, Valle slashed just .238/.262/.346 with five homers and 32 RBI in 75 games between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2014.
Nov 22 - 10:11 AM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday after the team designated Ike Davis for assignment that they've "essentially committed" to Pedro Alvarez at first base.

Huntington previously had refused to rule out Alvarez remaining at third base, but with his throwing issues and Josh Harrison's emergence at the hot corner, a move to first for Alvarez was inevitable. Alvarez slugged 36 homers in 2013, but that number was cut in half in 2014 and he hit just .231/.312/.405 overall. His season ended early due to a stress reaction in his left foot, but he didn't need surgery and is expected to have a normal offseason.
Nov 21 - 11:04 AM

Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Jameson Taillon from Triple-A Indianapolis.

One of the top pitching prospects in the game, Taillon missed all of 2014 and will likely be out until around midseason of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 7:17 PM

Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Nick Kingham from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. One of the Pirates' best pitching prospects, Kingham held a 3.34 ERA with 119 strikeouts over 159 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He could make his debut at some point in 2015.
Nov 20 - 7:15 PM

Pirates purchased the contract of OF Willy Garcia from Double-A Altoona.

He's now on the 40-man roster. Garcia, 22, hit .271/.311/.478 with 18 homers and 63 RBI for Altoona this season.
Nov 20 - 7:13 PM

Pirates purchased the contract of C Elias Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Diaz, 24, batted .312/.366/.421 with six homers between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Nov 20 - 7:10 PM

Pirates sent 3B Brent Morel outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Morel hit just .179/.220/.231 during his brief time with the Pirates this season. He has the opportunity to elect free agency.
Nov 20 - 7:06 PM

Pirates designated C Ramon Cabrera for assignment.

Cabrera had been claimed off waivers from the Tigers in August. The 25-year-old hasn't played in the majors, but his .287/.355/.387 batting line during his minor league career is pretty good for a catcher.
Nov 20 - 7:05 PM

Pirates designated 1B Ike Davis for assignment.

He was going to be non-tendered, so he'll now have a little extra time to find a new home. Davis batted .233/.344/.378 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI over 143 games between the Mets and Pirates in 2014. His days as a starting first baseman might very well be over.
Nov 20 - 7:04 PM

Pirates claimed INF Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Nationals.

Florimon is a light hitting infielder (.204/.266/.300 for his career). He'll serve as infield depth for the Pirates.
Nov 20 - 4:51 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Francisco Liriano is looking for a three- or four-year deal worth at least $12 million annually.

It's not an unreasonable asking price. Liriano rejected the Pirates' $15.3 million qualifying offer and is looking for a multi-year contract after posting a 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts over 323 1/3 frames the last two seasons in Pittsburgh. Even with draft pick compensation attached to him, the southpaw shouldn't have trouble landing such a deal.
Nov 19 - 10:15 AM

Pirates signed RHP Radhames Liz to a minor league contract.

It's not clear whether he'll be invited to spring training. Liz pitched in the KBO from 2011-13 before posting a 2.95 ERA over 12 starts in the minors with the Blue Jays this past season. Now 31, the former Orioles prospect hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009.
Nov 19 - 8:53 AM

Pirates signed LHP Jeremy Bleich to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bleich has spent his entire career with the Yankees, posting a 4.31 ERA in 26 games -- 20 starts -- between two minor league levels this past season. A former supplemental first-round pick, the 27-year-old will serve as organizational depth for the Bucs.
Nov 18 - 7:55 PM

Pirates signed RHP Deolis Guerra to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Guerra was considered a top prospect at one point -- the Twins got him from the Mets in the 2008 Johan Santana trade -- but he'll turn 26 years old next April and still hasn't sniffed the major league level. The right-hander had a 4.33 ERA in 52 innings this past season at Triple-A Rochester.
Nov 18 - 4:52 PM


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