November 2009 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Pirates, Ledezma Agree On Minor League Deal
The Pittsburgh Pirates Monday agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma on a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The 28-year-old Ledezma was a member of Washington's 2009 Opening Day roster, and made five relief appearances before being designated for assignment on April 20. Ledezma also made 18 relief appearances for Syracuse (Nationals' AAA), where he went 0-2 with one save and a 4.19 ERA in 18 relief appearances before being released on July 4.
Pirates Looking At Ankiel, Blalock
The Pirates are looking to bolster their offense without breaking the bank this winter. "We'll be looking for value, but we definitely don't feel like we're desperate to fill any hole," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We made the trade for Akinori Iwamura because second base was the position we identified as the one we most wanted to improve, but we feel good about the options that we have, now and for the future, and we're not going to abandon our plan. We absolutely will not do that." There have been rumors that Pittsburgh will trade Ryan Doumit and they have been linked to Rick Ankiel and Hank Blalock.
Ohlendorf Spending Offseason As D.C. Intern
Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf is spending the offseason as an intern in Washington D.C. Ohlendorf graduated from Princeton University with a degree in operations research and financial engineering. The right-hander had a 3.8 college GPA and scored a 1520 on his SATs. The 27-year-old is working in the Agriculture Department. "I've really enjoyed it," he said. "In addition to learning a lot of things and meeting a lot of neat people, I've gotten to do some cool events too."
Pirates Designate Karstens For Assignment
The Pirates have designated pitcher Jeff Karstens for assignment. In a related move, Pittsburgh claimed pitcher Chris Jakubauskas off waivers from Seattle. The Pirates have 10 days to trade, release or send Karstens.
Brewers Wanted Starter From Pirates For Hardy
The Brewers wanted a young starter from the Pirates in exchange for shortstop J.J. Hardy. A major-league source told FOX Sports of Milwaukee's demands, which killed a potential deal. Pittsburgh was willing to give up reliever Matt Capps. The Brewers wound up dealing Hardy to the Twins for center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Pittsburgh Open To Moving Ryan Doumit
Ryan Doumit drew interest from several teams during this week's general managers' meetings in Chicago, multiple Major League sources said Thursday. The sources believe Pittsburgh would not hesitate to move Doumit, 28, in the right deal. The Giants, Mariners and Rays could all potentially be interested in Doumit.
Rays Trade Iwamura To Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have acquired infielder Akinori Iwamura from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. The 30-year-old Iwamura, who was a nine-year veteran of the Japanese Central League while playing with Yakult from 1998 to 2006, spent the last three seasons playing with Tampa Bay. He was converted from a third baseman to a second baseman following the 2007 campaign and went on to make 152 appearances at second base for the American League champion Rays in 2008.