Monday, February 11, 2013

Bucco Notes Heading Into Camp

Liriano out a month, a trio of guys are late, Tyler Gaffney returns to Stanford and football...

  • Tom Singer of has a quick roster run down and other stuff for the 2013 Buccos. He also has feature on Francisco Liriano; the key bit in that post is "it will be at least a month before Liriano steps atop a mound." So he may start off on the DL out of camp, much like AJ Burnett did in 2012.
  • Bill Brink of the Post Gazette reports that as of noon, three Pirates haven't reported - Jeff Karstens, Stolmy Pimentel and Ali Soltis. There are no known problems with the trio, and they're expected to arrive later today. Most of the players checked in Sunday night.
  • Paul Swyden of Fangraphs has a post of trades that were vetoed: one he looks at is the Angels failing to land AJ Burnett, with the Buccos then swooping in.
  • Maybe it's a foreshadowing, but the Indy Indians put out a release of guys they expect to get after camp breaks.
  • The Pirates drafted (24th round) and signed Tyler Gaffney away from his last season of football at Stanford, and he did well at State College, putting up a .297/.483/.441 slash in 111 ABs and getting on the radar. His blip just disappeared; Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects found out that he's returning to the Cardinal for his degree and another year of banging pads.
  • We can finally kill the Joe Saunders rumors; the lefty signed with Seattle for 1 year/$7M. 
  • Ex Pirates catcher Rod Barajas has signed a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks that will pay him $800,000 if he makes the team.
  • The Washington Wild Things will host the 2013 Frontier League All-Star game on July 17th at Consol Energy Park. A home-run derby and a softball game between several Frontier League all-stars and the Akron Racers, a professional women's fastpitch team, are planned for July 16th.

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