December 2009 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Pirates Could Enter Season With Clement At First
The Pirates could enter the season with Jeff Clement at first base. That's a scary proposition because Clement has never played first in the majors and rarely did in the minors. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, even when assigned to Instructional League in October to get extra work at first, he was limited to off-field rehabilitation because of a strained oblique. "From our brief look at Jeff in August, we need to give him a foundation and get him acclimated over there," director of player development Kyle Stark said.
Pirates Considering Gregg, Dotel
With Matt Capps in Washington, the Pirates are looking to restock their bullpen. Pittsburgh has engaged in talks with free-agent relievers Kevin Gregg and Octavio Dotel. Capps agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Nationals on Thursday morning. Gregg made $4.2 million last season, Dotel $6 million, and each is expected to get less for 2010.
Pirates Have Made Offer To Dotel
The Pirates have made an offer to free-agent reliever Octavio Dotel, sources to NBC Sports. The offer is believed to be a one-year deal worth $3 million.
Taschner Signs Minor-League Deal With Pirates
Left-handed reliever Jack Taschner has signed a minor league contract with the Pirates and will be invited to spring training, as reported by the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Hart, McCutchen Options For Pittsburgh's Bullpen
The Pirates need help in their bullpen, but they appear content to improve from within. The club is open to using Kevin Hart or Daniel McCutchen in the bullpen, depending on which of the two doesn't earn a spot in the starting rotation. Some scouts believe that Hart, and his 96-mph fastball, are better suited for the relieving.
Pirates Sign Javier Lopez
The Pirates have signed left-hander Javier Lopez to a one-year contract. "Javier has proven to be a capable major league reliever who has the ability to attack both left- and right-handed hitters," general manager Neal Huntington said. "He will provide a solid relief option for manager John Russell in 2010."
Pirates Sign Cedeno, Avoid Arbitration
The Pirates have signed projected starting shortstop Ronny Cedeno to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. The agreement allows the two sides to avoid arbitration. Cedeno, 26, earned $822,500 last season, when he batted .208 with 10 homers and 38 RBIs in 105 games combined with the Pirates and Mariners.
Pirates Sign Bobby Crosby
The Pirates signed shortstop Bobby Crosby to a one-year deal. Crosby has a career OPS of .652 and has played in over 100 games in just one of the past five seasons.
Crosby Expected To Sign With Pirates
Bobby Crosby is expected to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he will be given a chance to compete for a starting job. Crosby was once named the American League Rookie of the Year, but injuries plagued his career with Oakland.
Pirates Could Bring Nady Back
The Pirates are entertaining the idea of bringing free-agent outfielder Xavier Nady back to the team. Pittsburgh is expected to wait until closer to Spring Training to decide on Nady. The Pirates traded Nady to the Yankees in 2008. Nady missed most of last season with Tommy John surgery on his elbow, but is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.