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The Pirates make their move!

Nov 30, 2009, 3:20 PM EST

Wil Ledezma (a) once missed time during the season because he ran his passport and Visa through the washing machine; (b) was non-tendered after the 2008 season; (c) wasn’t signed for 2009 until late December, and even then it was by the worst team in baseball; and (d) put up a 9.53 ERA in five games for the worst team in baseball and was DFA’d by them before the end of April.

So of course the Pirates signed him.

Is this the end of the world for Pittsburgh? Of course not. It’s just a minor league deal for some random cannon fodder. But it is a minor league deal with a guy who appears to be all but worthless, at a time of the offseason when the team should be thinking about big picture issues instead of the final pieces of roster flotsam. Winning teams don’t makes these kinds of deals now, do they? Not that anyone would ever mistake Pittsburgh for a winning team.

  1. NickG - Nov 30, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Being a lifelong Pirate fan, I CANNOT be anymore embarrassed for this organization as I am right now (meaning the last 17 years). What a freakin’ pitiful display of ownership and management of a once GREAT franchise.

  2. Wickethewok - Nov 30, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Everybody needs AAA fodder, even bad teams.

  3. SDTom - Nov 30, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    If you seen Ledezma pitch for any period of time you understand why teams take a chance on him. When he’s on he looks unhittable. Of course those times are few and far between.

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