Thursday, March 31, 2011

Not Quite Done...

The Pirates are still putting the finishing touches on their roster. Guys in motion:

-- MLB Trade Rumors wrote the Bucs claimed reliever Tim Wood, 28, from the Nats. They didn't say whether it was a minor or major league deal; by his stats (1-1, 4.32 ERA career, 1.600 WHIP, 1/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio) it should be an Indy deal; we don't see where he's an improvement on Chris Leroux.

Wood, a righty, has a reverse split for his short career; lefties hit eighty points lower against him than righties, .244 - .324, so if added to the MLB roster, he could bump Olson out of that last spot even if GO is the only southpaw reliever.

(EDIT - reports say he's being sent to Indy, which makes sense.)

-- Jose Veras was added to the 40-man roster; Ramon Aguero was DFA'ed. Aguero, 26, was a flamethrower but didn't have much success as an upper level reliever.

-- Chris Snyder, Brad Lincoln, Jose Ascanio and Scott Olsen were put on the 15-day DL today; the Bucs waited to the last moment (rosters had to be in at 11) to finalize their status.

-- The Pirates are trying to land a MLB gig via the trade route for Andy Marte, who had a strong spring for the Bucs.

-- As long as we're talking deal, Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette tweeted that the Bucs are still scouting for some pitching.

-- Speaking of pitching, Pittsburgh got an encouraging start out of James McDonald. He went five frames against the Yankee's AAA team and gave up a run on four hits, a walk, and four Ks. He threw 69 pitches, and should be on track to start the season.

-- Pittsburgh will wear the number seven on their sleeve during the season to commemorate Chuck Tanner.

-- While they were at it, the Bucs released a handful of minor league guys: Adenson Chourio, Christian Colonel, Casey Erickson, Pat Irvine, Gerlis Rodriguez, Jose Luis Solano, and Mike Williams.

The pair who were interesting were infielder Chourio, a good gloveman who couldn't hit his weight (and he's a little guy) and Erickson, a pitcher who put up good numbers in High A, but at 25 had too many people ahead of him and too many youngsters chasing him.

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