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Pirates release Jose Contreras

Jul 18, 2013, 1:53 PM EST

Jose Contreras AP

Pittsburgh has released Jose Contreras from Triple-A.

This is actually the second time the Pirates have released Contreras from his minor-league contract. When it happened the first time back in June they re-signed him almost immediately, so the move was mostly based on avoiding some call-up language in his contract.

Presumably by releasing Contreras for a second time the Pirates are simply through with the 41-year-old veteran. However, in coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery Contreras has a 0.93 ERA and 24/5 K/BB ratio in 19 innings at Triple-A, so he should be able to latch on elsewhere.

  1. general74 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Since the Cubs are soon to be traiding away some arms they should pick him up on the cheap for the rest of the year.

  2. Detroit Michael - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I hope Contreras lands a MLB somewhere. I thought he was entertaining and those AAA stats seem to indicate that he merits a shot.

  3. eagles512 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Phils should give him another shot

  4. thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Do you ever see transaction headlines and say “Seriously, that guy is still playing baseball?”

  5. drone501 - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    jose and fidel were former college teammates.

    • dcarroll73 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      they say jose tried to teach fidel the curveball, the lessons failed, and the rest is history.

  6. steelers88 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Its a sweaty balls kinda day.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    This guy should have retired after his first year in MLB

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