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Pirates' Michael Feliz: Avoids arbitration
Feliz agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates on Friday to avoid arbitration, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Feliz appeared in 47 games with the Pirates during his first year with the organization, logging a 5.66 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with 55 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. Looking ahead, he will have to cut down on his 4.3 BB/9 in order to work in higher-leverage situations, assuming he begins the 2019 season on the Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Alex McRae: Clears waivers
McRae was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis after passing through waivers and received an invitation to spring training.
McRae was designated for assignment earlier this week in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Lonnie Chisenhall. He will remain in the organization heading into next season after spending a majority of the 2018 campaign with Indianapolis.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Chris Archer: Undergoes surgery Tuesday
Archer (groin) underwent surgery to repair a bilateral hernia Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Archer missed his final start of the 2018 season due to groin discomfort, and it was ultimately determined that the issue would require surgery to repair. The procedure typically carries a six-week recovery timetable, and the expectation is that Archer will be "on or close to a regular schedule" for the start of the 2019 season. The 30-year-old posted a 4.30 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 60:18 K:BB across 10 starts (52.1 innings) with the Pirates after being acquired via trade at the end of July.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Alex McRae: Designated for assignment
McRae was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Tuesday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
McRae was removed from the roster in order to make room for new signee Lonnie Chisenhall. The 25-year-old made a pair of appearances in the Pirates' bullpen in 2018, allowing four runs in 6.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Harold Ramirez: Returns to Pittsburgh
Ramirez signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Monday, John Dreker of piratesprospects.com reports.
Ramirez was originally a member of the Pirates' organization before he was dealt to Toronto in 2016 as part of the Francisco Liriano trade. The 24-year-old was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster after a poor 2017 campaign but remained in the organization in 2018, hitting an impressive .320/.365/.471 for Double-A New Hampshire.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Lonnie Chisenhall: Comes to terms with Pirates
Chisenhall (calf) agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with Pittsburgh on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Chisenhall spent the 2018 campaign with Cleveland, although he missed the majority of the season due to injury and failed to return after landing on the disabled list with a calf strain July 2. He appeared in just 29 games, slashing .321/.394/.452 with a home run and nine RBI over that span. If Chisenhall can stay healthy, he could certainly push for one of Pittsburgh's starting outfield spots, but a valuable depth role seems most likely.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Jason Martin: Moved to 40-man roster
Martin was added to the 40-man roster Tuesday by Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Martin ended the 2018 season with Triple-A Indianapolis, although he struggled to a .211/.270/.319 batting line through 59 games. He appears in line to begin the upcoming campaign back at Indy.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' J.T. Brubaker: Joins 40-man roster
Brubaker was added to the Pirates' 40-man roster Tuesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Brubaker spent most most of the 2018 season at Triple-A Indianapolis and posted a 3.10 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 96:36 K:BB over 22 starts (119 innings). The move protects the 25-year-old from being selected by another organization in the upcoming Rule 5 draft.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Cole Tucker: Contract purchased
Tucker was added to the 40-man roster by Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Tucker ended the 2018 campaign at Double-A Altoona, hitting .259 with five home runs and 44 RBI. It'd be nice to see him make a little more contact moving forward, especially since he's failed to demonstrate much power throughout his minor-league career.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Shielded from Rule 5 draft
Keller's contract was selected from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Keller was added to the 40-man roster for Rule 5 protection. He appears to be closing in on a promotion to the big leagues, especially after getting called up to Triple-A at the end of June last year. Keller posted a 4.82 ERA with 57 punchouts over 52.1 frames (10 starts) with Indy and could make his major-league debut in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Tahnaj Thomas: Heads to Pittsburgh
Thomas was traded to Pittsburgh from Cleveland on Monday alongside Erik Gonzalez and Dante Mendoza in exchange for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff.
Thomas appeared in eight games (six starts) in rookie ball this past year, recording a 4.58 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 27 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. The 19-year-old right-hander will likely advance to the Low-A level during the 2019 season.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Erik Gonzalez: Dealt to Pittsburgh
The Indians traded Gonzalez, Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff.
Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington released a statement calling Gonzalez a "quality option to play shortstop or in the middle of our infield this year and into the future," in the minutes following Wednesday's five-player deal. Gonzalez typically served as a second or third baseman for Cleveland over the past couple years -- since the team had little need for him at shortstop due to Francisco Lindor's presence -- seeing most of his opportunities when one of the Indians' regulars required a DL stint. Across 81 games this past year, he hit .265/.301/.375 with one home run, 16 RBI and three stolen bases in 136 at-bats.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Re-signs with former club
Kang inked a one-year, $3 million deal with Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Kang will return to the Pirates' organization after having his club option for the 2019 season declined in October. The club is hopeful that Kang can get back to being an everyday starter in the infield, though that seems a tad optimistic considering he hasn't played in more than a handful of games since the 2016 season. The third baseman dealt with a wrist injury for the final few months of this past campaign after missing the previous year-and-a-half due to legal issues in his native South Korea. Nevertheless, Kang will have a chance to win a starting job this spring, though a platoon role seems far more likely.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ryan Lavarnway: Cast off 40-man roster
Lavarnway was outrighted from the Pirates' 40-man roster and will become a free agent, Jerry DiPaola of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Lavarnway elected to hit the free-agent market instead of remaining in the Pirates' system after appearing in just six big-league games in 2018. He spent a majority of the year with Triple-A Indianapolis, slashing .288/.375/.485 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 77 games. The 31-year-old will look to latch on as catching depth with a new organization.... See More ... See Less
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