Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The First Shuffle

The beat guys report that the Pirates have announced the following moves:

-- Signed LHP Will Ledezma to a one year contract (terms not released), avoiding arbitration.

-- RHP Chan Ho Park is a free agent.

-- RHP Ross Ohlendorf, RHP Jose Ascanio and 1B Steve Pearce have been removed from the 60-day DL and returned to the 40-man roster.

-- 1B Jeff Clement was taken off the DL and outrighted to Indy. He's out of options, which means that he has to make the 25-man roster out of camp or risk being lost.

-- RHP Sean Gallagher was taken off the 40-man roster and outrighted to Indy. The Pirates have a brief window to sign him to a minor-league deal before he can become a minor-league free agent; Jen Langosh of reports that the FO is trying to ink him.

-- Removed from the 40-man roster and outrighted to Indy were OF Brandon Moss, LHP Justin Thomas and RHP Steven Jackson. All can now declare themselves minor league free agents and are expected to do so.

So that's five guys removed from the 40-man roster and four added, leaving two openings on the list. There's still probably a move or two left to create a little more space to protect Rule 5 guys like Starling Marte, Rudy Owens, Jeff Locke, Brian Friday, Danny Moskos, Jim Negrych and other fringier candidates along with room to add any FA signings.

-- Some blowback from the Edwin Rodriguez signing in Florida: Perry Hill will rejoin the Fish as their infield and first base coach, and Bo Porter, shunned by the Marlins and Bucs, will coach third base for the Nats.

-- Also, the Pirates will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the 1971 World Series championship during the June 20th-22nd interleague series against the O's.


WilliamJPellas said...

I think Earl Weaver is still with us, is he not? Murtaugh may be in the Super Box, but not Earl. At least, not yet. ;-)

Ron Ieraci said...

Oooopsie, Wil - you're so right. Earl's 80 and still with us; better get rid of that line, lol!