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Pirates' Chris Owings: Inks minors deal with Pittsburgh
Owings signed a minor-league contract Thursday with the Pirates that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
Owings struggled to a .107/.254/.143 batting line in 26 games (68 plate appearances) last season with the Orioles before getting released in June. He then latched on with the Triple-A affiliate of the Yankees and slashed .235/.303/.412 across 208 plate appearances in the International League. The 31-year-old can serve as organizational infield depth for Pittsburgh leading into the 2023 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Termarr Johnson: Gets invite to big-league camp
Johnson has been invited to the major-league side of spring training for the Pirates.
The No. 4 overall selection in the 2022 Draft, Johnson held his own in his professional debut last season, posting a .794 OPS with one home run over 23 games between the Pirates' Florida Complex League team and Low-A Bradenton. Johnson could move up the ladder faster than most prospects making the jump from high school given his excellent plate skills, but it will still take him multiple years to reach the majors. Fellow top prospects Henry Davis and Quinn Priester will also be in Pirates camp as non-roster invitees.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Endy Rodriguez: Will be in major-league camp
Rodriguez will be on the major-league side of Pirates' camp this spring, per Justice delos Santos of MLB.com.
One of the top position-player prospects in the sport, Rodriguez slashed .323/.407/.590 with 25 home runs and 95 RBI in 125 games last season between High-A Greensboro, Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. The 22-year-old catcher seems doubtful to actually make the Opening Day roster in Pittsburgh, but he is certainly on the fast track to making his MLB debut.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Henry Davis: Gets invite to MLB camp
Davis received an invitation to the major-league side of Pirates camp this spring.
Davis struggled through multiple injuries in 2022, most prominently a fractured left wrist, but he had a terrific run in the Arizona Fall League and is ready to again continue his ascent through the Pirates' farm system. Selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft out of the University of Louisville, the 23-year-old catcher has posted an .890 OPS in 67 career minor-league games. He could make his MLB debut in late 2023.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Miguel Andujar: Outrighted to Triple-A
Andujar cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis by the Pirates on Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
It's a little surprising that Andujar passed through waivers unclaimed, but the Pirates are surely glad he'll stick around in the organization while not occupying a spot on the 40-man roster. The 27-year-old will be in major-league camp as a non-roster invitee.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Miguel Andujar: Designated for assignment
Andujar was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Friday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
As a result of the team bringing in Andrew McCutchen, Andujar was removed from the 40-man roster Friday. The 27-year appeared in 36 games with the Yankees and Pirates in 2022, producing a .235 average with one homer, 17 RBI, 13 runs and four stolen bases over 132 at-bats. Considering the lack of consistent options on Pittsburgh's major-league roster, Andujar will likely get another shot with the Pirates in 2023 if he stays with the organization.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Robert Stephenson: Avoids arbitration
Stephenson signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Pirates on Friday to avoid arbitration, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
It was a tale of two seasons for Stephenson in 2022. After posting a 6.04 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with the Rockies, he was pushed off their roster and was claimed by the Pirates in late August. Upon joining Pittsburgh, Stephenson put up a 3.38 ERA and 0.82 WHIP to close out the season. If the 29-year-old righty can carry that success with Pittsburgh over into 2023, there's a good chance he establishes himself as the team's primary setup man.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Duane Underwood: Avoids arbitration
Underwood signed a one-year, $1.025 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
In his second season with the Pirates, Underwood reached the double-digit hold mark for the first time in his career and recorded his first career save as well. If the 28-year old can continue to strike batters out at an acceptable rate (8.95 K/9 in 2022) and give up fewer long balls, there's a good chance the Pirates let him pitch more often in high-leverage situations in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Avoids arbitration
Keller signed a one-year, $2.44 million contract with Pittsburgh on Friday to avoid arbitration, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
After beginning the 2022 season with a 6.05 ERA through his first nine starts despite offseason velocity gains, Keller flipped a switch and finished with a 3.22 ERA over his final 22 outings. There's not much to speak of in terms of exceptional strikeout stuff or limiting walks, but if Keller can keep the ball on the ground and runners off the pillows, there's room for the 26-year-old to become a bright spot in the Pirates' rotation.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Inks one-year deal
Brubaker signed a one-year, $2.275 million contract with the Pirates on Friday to avoid arbitration, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
After recording a career-best 4.69 ERA in 28 starts last season, Brubaker will receive a nice raise from the $725,000 salary he pulled in 2022. Though the 29-year-old righty's stats may not exactly jump off the page, his above-average strikeout rate and 3.91 FIP suggest there could be potential for growth heading into 2023.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Andrew McCutchen: Returns to Pittsburgh
McCutchen signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Well, isn't that fun? McCutchen reached superstardom in Pittsburgh, winning the National League MVP award in 2013 and finishing in the top five in voting four straight years. He's 36 now and coming off a career-low .700 OPS, but he nonetheless instantly becomes one of the Pirates' better hitters and provides some leadership. This should also offer him a chance to play every day, an opportunity he wouldn't necessarily have received elsewhere.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Chavez Young: Shipped to Pirates
Young was sent from the Blue Jays to the Pirates on Tuesday in exchange for Zach Thompson.
The 25-year-old outfielder had been an above-average hitter at every minor-league stop until he reached Triple-A Buffalo, where he hit .234/.331/.350 in 65 games last season. He did steal 20 bases over that stretch, hinting at some fantasy potential should he earn a call-up at some point this season, but there may not be enough in his bat to make him anything more than a bench piece.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Zach Thompson: Designated for assignment
Thompson was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Thursday.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Rich Hill. Thompson held a 5.18 ERA over 29 appearances -- 22 starts -- for the Pirates in 2022. He's a likely bet to pass through waivers unclaimed.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Bryse Wilson: Designated for assignment
Wilson was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Wednesday, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Upon the official announcement of Jarlin Garcia's arrival in Pittsburgh, Wilson was booted from the 40-man roster in order to make room for the new acquisition. Wilson has put up an ERA north of 5.30 and a 1.40+ WHIP in each of the past two seasons, so the next team to take a chance on him may place him in Triple-A until he shows signs of improvement.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Rich Hill: Gets one-year deal from Pirates
Hill signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Pirates on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Hill is coming off a season with the Red Sox which saw him put up a 4.27 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with 109 strikeouts over 124.1 innings covering 26 starts. He'll turn 43 in March but has remained mostly effective in recent years, albeit with a drop in strikeout rate. Hill will be a candidate to be traded to a contender at the deadline if he's healthy and pitching well.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Scott Randall: Acquired by Pittsburgh
Randall was acquired by the Pirates from the Diamondbacks on Friday in exchange for Diego Castillo.
A seventh-round pick in the 2021 draft, Randall posted a 3.82 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 104:25 K:BB ratio over 108.1 innings at High-A Hillsboro in 2022. He was not ranked by MLB Pipeline among the Diamondbacks' top 30 prospects.... See More ... See Less
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