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  1. Pirates re-sign Brian Burres to minor league contract

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    Brian Burress has re-signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract after being non-tendered last month, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Signed last offseason after being let go by the Orioles and Blue Jays, the 29-year-old left-hander had a 4.99 ERA and 45/34 K/BB ratio in 79 innings for the Pirates split between the…

  2. Octavio Dotel getting interest from Rays, Pirates, Blue Jays

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Rays, Pirates, and Blue Jays are among the teams interested in free agent reliever Octavio Dotel. Pittsburgh being in the mix is interesting, because the Pirates signed Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal as a free agent last offseason and then traded him to the Dodgers…

  3. Pirates sign Josh Fields to minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last offseason the Royals acquired Josh Fields from the White Sox along with Chris Getz in exchange for Mark Teahen, but after one injury wrecked season in Kansas City the former top prospect and 2004 first-round pick was non-tendered a few weeks ago. Fields has latched on with the Pirates, agreeing to a minor-league contract…

  4. Pirates sign first baseman Lyle Overbay to one-year contract

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Continuing their offseason plan of stockpiling mediocre veterans, the Pirates have agreed to terms with first baseman Lyle Overbay on a one-year, $5 million contract. Overbay spent the past five seasons in Toronto, but the Blue Jays made no attempt to re-sign the 33-year-old after he hit just .243 with a .329 on-base percentage and…

  5. Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week Pittsburgh added Matt Diaz to the outfield mix with a two-year, $4.25 million contract and now Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit despite general manager Neal Huntington calling him the team’s starting right fielder just a few days ago. Doumit made 91 of…

  6. Pirates and Scott Olsen finalize one-year deal with 2012 option

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    As expected, the Pirates and Scott Olsen have agreed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2012. Olsen, who’s gone 24-38 with a 5.17 ERA since a solid rookie season in 2006, will try to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh while earning $500,000 in base salary with another $3 million in potential incentives.…

  7. Pirates and Scott Olsen close to incentive-laden contract

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh is close to signing left-hander Scott Olsen to an incentive-laden one-year contract, according to both Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Langosch reports that the deal will be completed once Olsen passes a physical exam later this week, although given his history of shoulder problems that’s no sure…

  8. Pirates cut Lastings Milledge rather than pay him $1 million

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Once upon a time Lastings Milledge was a top prospect whose on-field upside was clouded by his problematic personality. Three teams and 1,655 plate appearances later, it turns out maybe he just wasn’t all that good. Milledge has hit just .269 with a modest .723 OPS in his five-season career, including .277 with a .712…

  9. Former top prospect Andy Marte finds new home with Pirates

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

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    Dropped by the Indians last month, one-time elite prospect Andy Marte has signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Managing only a minor-league deal without a 40-man roster spot shows just how far Marte’s stock has plummeted since he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 15 prospects in 2004,…

  10. Former top prospect Andy LaRoche unclaimed on waivers

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

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    Not so long ago Andy LaRoche was considered one of the elite prospects in baseball. He ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 in both 2006 and 2007, placed in BA‘s top 100 for two other years as well, and was arguably the centerpiece of the package Pittsburgh received when trading Jason Bay in mid-2008. Last…

  11. Former No. 1 overall pick Bryan Bullington is headed to Japan

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Bryan Bullington finally notched his first big-league win with eight shutout innings against the Yankees on August 15, eight years after the Pirates selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft, but now it looks like that may prove to be his only major-league victory. Designated for assignment by the Royals…

  12. Chan Ho Park and the Pirates have “mutual interest” in return

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

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    General manager Neal Huntington told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that the Pirates and Chan Ho Park have mutual interest in the veteran reliever returning to Pittsburgh in 2011, but it sounds like Park would have to settle for a minor-league contract with an opportunity to compete for a bullpen spot in spring training. He was…

  13. Jeff Francis drawing interest from at least five teams

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Colorado is interested in re-signing Jeff Francis and he’s also drawing interest from Seattle, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Houston, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Last month the Rockies declined their $7 million option on Francis for 2011, which was a no-brainer after he returned from shoulder surgery to post a 5.00 ERA in 104 innings.…

  14. Jorge De La Rosa is the Pirates’ “top free agent target”

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    If there’s one thing I’m convinced will happen this offseason it’s that Jorge De La Rosa will be significantly overpaid. There have already been reports of the Yankees and Nationals viewing him as their “Plan B” for Cliff Lee and now Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review writes that De La Rosa–who pitched for…

  15. Akinori Iwamura returns to Japan after four MLB seasons

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Akinori Iwamura left Japan in November of 2006 at age 28, signing a three-year, $7.7 million contract with Tampa Bay after the Rays paid a $4.55 million posting fee just for the rights to negotiate with him. He gave the Rays a solid return on that investment for two-and-a-half seasons, hitting .281/.354/.393 with good defense…

  16. Pirates get their man, hire Clint Hurdle as new manager

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

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    Clint Hurdle has clearly been atop the Pirates’ manager wish list all offseason, but the Mets expressing interest in the former Rockies skipper threatened to ruin Pittsburgh’s plans. However, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com the Pirates have agreed to a contract with Hurdle, who’ll replace John Russell as manager of a team that hasn’t…

  17. Pirates narrow manager search to Clint Hurdle, Jeff Banister

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh put its manager search on hold until after the World Series in order to interview Texas hitting coach Clint Hurdle, and now Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates are down to Hurdle and in-house candidate Jeff Banister as the finalists for the job. Banister has spent 25 years in…

  18. Rockies decline $4.5 million option on Octavio Dotel for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Because he was traded during the season Octavio Dotel had the right to reject his $4.5 million option if it was exercised, but the Rockies made that a moot point by choosing a $250,000 buyout instead. Colorado acquired Dotel in mid-September and he wouldn’t have even been eligible for the playoff roster, so it’s no…

  19. Pirates’ manager search may be waiting for Clint Hurdle

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Despite wrapping up interviews with various managerial candidates two weeks ago the Pirates have yet to name a replacement for John Russell, which has Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com speculating that they’re waiting for the postseason to end so they can talk to Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle. Hurdle was the Rockies’ manager from 2002-2009 and…

  20. John Gibbons removes himself from Pirates’ manager search

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    John Gibbons was one of seven candidates the Pirates interviewed to replace John Russell as manager, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that he’s removed his name from consideration for the job and will remain the Royals’ bench coach. Gibbons was one of six finalists for the gig because the seventh candidate…

  21. Dodgers decline Garland's $10 million option

    Nov 5, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    When the Diamondbacks traded Jon Garland to the Dodgers on August 31 they agreed to pay his remaining 2009 salary and cover his $2.5 million buyout for 2010, so it comes as no surprise that Los Angeles officially declined the right-hander’s $10 million option this afternoon. Garland pitched well for the Dodgers down the stretch,…

  22. Iwamura a student of (ancient) history

    Nov 4, 2009, 7:55 PM EDT

    Akinori Iwamura, who went to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays last season, is putting the most optimistic spin possible on his recent trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates: Iwamura, acquired to be the Pirates’ starting second baseman, is hoping his new team can be a contender soon. Really. “I know, of course, about…

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