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December 15, 2008
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Calling Cabrera

The Pirates have taken a big first stop toward becoming bidders for free-agent pitcher Daniel Cabrera. Cabrera’s agent, Mike Powers, exchanged several e-mails over the weekend with a Pirates official. The Pirates have not yet made an offer for Cabrera, …

December 12, 2008
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7 of 8 players tendered contracts

The midnight deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is fast approaching. Seven of the Pirates’ eight players in this mix have been tendered. Nate McLouth, Ryan Doumit and Paul Maholm (all first-time arby eligibles) have been offered …

December 12, 2008
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Sign, celebrate … sleep

Ramon Vazquez celebrated his new contract with the Pirates by taking a long, winter’s nap. The free agent shortstop was in Pittsburgh this morning for his physical. Vazquez was supposed to fly back to Puerto Rico this afternoon after inking …

December 11, 2008
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Huntington ‘optimistic’ about Vazquez

LAS VEGAS — General manager Neal Huntington confirmed the Pirates’ interest in free-agent infielder Ramon Vazquez. ” “We’re working through some things with Ramon,” Huntington said. “We’re optimistic.” The Pirates have offered a two-year, $4 million contract to Vazquez, who …

December 11, 2008
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Rule 5 draft results

LAS VEGAS — The Pirates chose left-hander Donald Veal in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Veal, 24, went 5-10 with a 4.52 ERA last season for Tennessee, the Chicago Cubs’ Double-A affiliate. He made 29 starts, …

December 11, 2008
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Pirates get lefty in Rule 5 draft

LAS VEGAS — The Pirates chose left-hander Donnie Veal in the first round of the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft. Veal, 24, went 5-10 with a 4.52 ERA last season for Tennessee, the Chicago Cubs’ Double-A affiliate. …

December 11, 2008
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Vazquez on the way?

LAS VEGAS — ESPN.com is reporting this morning the Pirates are “on the verge” of signing free-agent infielder Ramon Vazquez. Reportedly, it would be a two-year, $4 million deal. Vazquez, 32, played the last two seasons for the Texas Rangers. …

December 10, 2008
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Fast fall for Paulino

LAS VEGAS — A year ago, Ronny Paulino was the Pirates’ incumbent starting catcher. He quickly tumbled from there to a backup role, then to a spot on the minor-league disabled list. The free fall ended with Paulino landing in …

December 10, 2008
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Paulino traded to Philly

LAS VEGAS — The Pirates just traded Ronny Paulino to the Phillies for catcher Jason Jaramillo. Jaramillo, 26, is a switch-hitter who batted .266 with eight homers and 39 RBI last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. GM Neal Huntington said …

December 10, 2008
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Bixler may be Miami-bound

LAS VEGAS — Joe Frisaro, who covers the Marlins for mlb.com, reported that the Pirates could give up Brian Bixler, not Ronny Paulino, in exchange for shortstop Roberto Andino. Either way, it appears a Somebody-for-Andino deal is what GM Neal …

 
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