Pirates option Hague, Slaten; callup Drew Sutton


The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned first baseman Matt Hague and reliever Doug Slaten to Triple-A Indianapolis and have called up catcher Eric Fryer and infielder Drew Sutton. Sutton began the season with Gwinnett (Braves’ AAA), where he hit .270 (37-for-137) with 10 doubles, two triples, 15 RBI and 19 runs scored in 38 games before being acquired by the Pirates organization on May 20. He was then traded to Tampa Bay the next day, where he hit .271 (13- for-48) with four doubles, six RBI and two runs scored in 18 games before being designated for assignment on Friday. The Pirates claimed him off waivers on Sunday. Since breaking into the big leagues in 2009, the switch-hitting infielder has hit .261 (54-for-207) with 16 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 30 RBI and 28 runs scored in 104 games with Cincinnati (2009-10), Cleveland (2010), Boston (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012).

Pre-Game Buzz: Pirates vs Orioles Lineup News & Notes


Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27) @ Baltimore Orioles (34-26) PIT Brad Lincoln (3-1, 2.40 ERA) vs BAL Wei-Yin Chen (5-2, 3.49 ERA) Time: 7:05 p.m. | Where: Camden Yards Pre-Game Buzz The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five straight series for the first time since 1992 and look to extend their winning streak to five games tonight in Baltimore as the team begins a six game road trip that ends this weekend in Cleveland. The Pirates who are a Major League best 12-3 in their last 15 games, have been up and down on the road this season, posting a 13-16 record but the team is 4-2 in their last 6 road games. Brad Lincoln (3-1, 2.40 ERA) takes the mound tonight vs Wei-Yin Chen (5-2, 3.49 ERA). Lincoln has impressive numbers this season with a 3-1 record and 2.40 ERA but the former first round pick ran into some trouble in hisRead More »

Morning Pirates Buzz: Allie moving from pitcher to third base not a surprise to scouts & some draft day buzz


MORNING PIRATES BUZZ Two years since being drafted in the 2010 amateur draft, Stetson’s Allie’s tenure as a power pitcher in the Pirates organization is over. The Pirates internally decided over two weeks ago to ditch the plan to develop Allie as a pitcher and have decided to move him to third base. Allie was the Pirates 2nd round pick in 2010 and signed for $2.25 million. Just last year he was regarded as one of the “Big Four” pitching prospects but it became evident very soon that despite having the best power arm of any pitcher in the organization and topping 100 mph at times, Allie just didn’t have it. He has struggled to make it out of extended spring training and has developed no command for the strike zone. When selected in the second round in 2010, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Allie was 9-1 with a 1.29 ERA andRead More »

Latest Pirates Draft Buzz: SS Deven Marrero a top target No. 8


By John Perrotto The Pirates have concentrated heavily on stocking their farm system with pitching prospects since Neal Huntington became general manager late in the 2007 season. However, the Pirates plan to shift gears in this year’s first-year player draft, which will be held from June 4-6. According to those close to the situation, the Pirates want to address their paucity of hitting prospects in the early rounds that is said to be short on pitching talent.

Pirates Post-Game Buzz: Barajas provides unlikely heroics at the plate with walkoff blast


PITTSBURGH 5 – WASHINGTON 4 Catcher Rod Barajas (.142 – 1 HR – 2 RBI) has had the look of an over-the-hill aging veteran who is earning his last big paycheck with the Pirates and that will likely come true this season, but Barajas provided some unlikely heroics at the plate tonight, salvaging a Pirates blown lead and hitting a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Pirates a thrilling 5-4 walkoff win against the Washington Nationals (18-11) on Tuesday night at PNC Park. Barajas who was 0-3 on the night at the time of his game winning at-bat, took a first pitch high and inside deep to left for his first home run of the season and RBI’s of the year. It was a redemption win for the Pirates after closer Joel Hanrahan gave up a two-run homer to former Pirate Adam Laroche in theRead More »

Pirates to pay $13 million of A.J. Burnett’s owed salary next two seasons


The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees have reached an agreement on a trade that will send A.J. Burnett to the Pirates in exchange for two prospects. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the two sides are putting the finishing touches on the two lower level prospects going to the Yankees. The two sides have finalized the amount of money the Pirates will pick up and the Pirates will pay $13 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed the next two seasons. Once the deal gets league approval, Burnett is scheduled to take a physical with the team this weekend. With the Burnett deal reaching the final stages, the Pirates will enter spring training with what the team feels is seven legitimate starters for the upcoming season in Burnett, Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens, Kevin Correia, Charlie Morton, James McDonald and Brad Lincoln.

Pirates officially sign pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to minor league contract


The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes and right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing to minor league contracts, which include invitations to spring training. The 27-year-old Reyes split the season 2011 season between Toronto and Baltimore and went 7-11 with a 5.57 ERA in 29 games (25 starts) with the two clubs. He posted a 3.35 ERA with the Blue Jays during the month of May and capped off the month by tossing his first Major League complete game on May 30 vs. Cleveland. Reyes was originally selected by Atlanta in the second round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and made his big league debut with the Braves in 2007. He led the Atlanta organization with 12 wins and 142 strikeouts while also being named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team in 2006. Kensing, 29, spent the 2011 campaign with Scranton-Wilkes-Barre (Yankees’ AAA) after missingRead More »

MLB: Team to meet with McLouth’s agent; Iwakuma not on radar at this point; Latest on Jeff Francis


Latest Pirates Buzz — When free agency opened up, the Pirates were among the first teams contacted by Jim Lindell, the agent for free agent starting pitcher Jeff Francis The two sides have remained in contact leading into this weeks Winter Meetings which are underway in Dallas. The 30 year old Francis went 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 31 starts last season for Kansas City. Francis who has been “injury plagued”, dealing with shoulder issues, logged 183 innings in 2011, showing for at least one season that he can endure a starters load. Francis was one of Clint Hurdle’s aces for the Rockies 2007 team that advanced to the World Series. That season Francis won 17 games and earned the nickname “Jeff Franchise”. The Pirates pursued Francis last off-season and made an offer. Francis made $3.65 million last season with the Royals after reaching incentives. He is looking forRead More »