February 2013 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Teams Will Begin Receiving $24M In TV Revenue In 2014

Feb 26, 2013 4:39 PM

Each Major League team will begin receiving at least $24 million a year when baseball's new national television kicks in next season.

There will be no competitive advantage since every team receives the same amount, but it will still be hard for clubs to compete with the Dodgers, Angels, Rangers and others that will benefit from the exorbitant local-TV contracts.

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Weiner: Increasing Drug Penalties Possible

Feb 25, 2013 4:59 PM

Michael Weiner, the head of baseball's union, says there is active discussion about increasing the penalties for violating baseball's drug testing program.

Weiner said that players have expressed interest in making the sanctions for failed drug tests more severe. He also says there have been discussions with Major League Baseball about possible changes that could take place in 2014.

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Russell Martin Won't Play For Canada At WBC

Feb 25, 2013 7:48 AM

Russell Martin won't play for Canada at the World Baseball Classic next month.

Canadian and Pirates officials weren't enamored with the idea of Martin moving from his normal position of catcher to shortstop.

"It's a pretty simple reason," Martin said. "The Pittsburgh Pirate organization wasn't comfortable (with) me going to play shortstop over there. I don't think the Team Canada organization was too comfortable with me going to play shortstop."

Martin said he would rather not add to his workload by catching during the WBC.

"I didn't want to put my body in a position where I'm going to have to catch however many innings of baseball during the tournament," he said. "I didn't want to put my body through the taxing experience."

Associated Press

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Pirates Sign Contreras To Minor League Deal

Feb 24, 2013 9:45 AM

The Pirates have reached an agreement with Jose Contreras on a minor league contract.

The 41-year-old is expected to report to the team on Sunday.

Contreras is recovering from surgery on his right elbow and will be doing rehabilitation work during spring training.

 

 

Associated Press

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Russell Martin To Play Shortstop For Team Canada

Feb 21, 2013 2:40 PM

Pirates catcher Russell Martin is looking forward to switching things up for the WBC, according to an ESPN.com report on Thursday.

Martin will move from catcher to shortstop for Team Canada when the tournament begins next month. 

ESPN.com

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Report: Pirates Give Hurdle Contract Extension

Feb 18, 2013 4:27 PM

The Pirates are planning to extend Clint Hurdle's contract through the 2014 season with a team option for 2015, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The agreement was first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Hurdle was entering the final season of a three-year deal he signed when he took over for John Russell in December 2010. Pittsburgh went 79-83 in 2012, tied for the franchise's best record in 20 seasons.

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Pirates Sign Brandon Inge

Feb 13, 2013 2:13 PM

The Pirates have signed Brandon Inge to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Inge, 35, was released by Detroit after just nine games last season, and was signed by Oakland.

He hit .226 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 74 games for the Athletics.

Associated Press

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Martin: Pittsburgh's Offer Was 'Hands-Down' Best On Market

Feb 12, 2013 5:42 PM

Russell Martin, who signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates, defended the decision on Tuesday.

"Pittsburgh had, hands-down, the best deal available," Martin said. "It was hard to decline that or to be patient (for another offer) when that was available."

Martin spent the last two seasons with the Yankees. He didn't seem to want to leave New York.

"It's the business side of it, and I've got no problem with it," he said. "Would I have enjoyed to play with the Yankees? Of course. Who wouldn't? It's a great environment to play in, a winning environment. But I didn't get that opportunity, so I'm going to do my best with the opportunity I do have now."

ESPN

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Liriano Only Guaranteed $1M From Pirates

Feb 10, 2013 4:05 PM

Francisco Liriano is guaranteed just $1 million under his contract with the Pirates.

However, the lefty can earn up to $13.75 million plus award bonuses over two years if he pitches regularly and an injury to his non-throwing arm doesn't land him on the disabled list.

Liriano can make $5.25 million this year and $8.5 million in 2014 if he pitches 200 innings a season.

Associated Press

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Pirates Finalize Deal With Liriano

Feb 8, 2013 5:07 PM

The Pirates have finalized their two-year agreement with Francisco Liriano.

Liriano passed his physical and the deal is finally official.

The deal now includes language that protects the Pirates in case Liriano misses time due to an injury to his non-throwing arm.

Liriano will still earn $12.75 million if he misses no time due to the right arm injury, but his 2013 salary would be reduced if he does miss time because of the injury, which occurred last month.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/MLB Trade Rumors

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Pirates Agree To Deals With Neil Walker, James McDonald
The Pirates have agreed to one-year deals with Neil Walker and James McDonald.

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