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January 20, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Much work to be done

All the relevant numbers are in regarding today’s deadline to swap salary figures for arbitration. The Pirates signed four of their six players — Adam LaRoche, Zach Duke, John Grabow and Tyler Yates — to one-year contracts. Paul Maholm and …

January 20, 2009
by rob biertempfel


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Deadline day: 4 of 6 get contracts

The Pirates today came to terms with four players on one-year contracts. However, left-hander Paul Maholm and outfielder Nate McLouth remain unsigned and could be headed to arbitration. This morning, the team signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a deal …

January 20, 2009
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LaRoche: One year OK for now

The Pirates today avoided salary abritration wtih Adam LaRoche by signing him to a one-year, $7.05 million contract. “It took a little while, but we got it done,” LaRoche said by phone from his home in Kansas. “At the beginning, …

January 20, 2009
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LaRoche gets $7 million deal

The Pirates today signed Adam LaRoche to a one-year, $7.05 million contract. The first baseman got a $2 million raise after hitting .270 with 25 home runs last season. LaRoche can become a free agent after the 2009 season. The …

January 19, 2009
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PirateFest this weekend

If you’re looking for something to fill the downtime before the Super Bowl, PirateFest will be held this weekend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. …

January 16, 2009
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Spring training tickets on sale tomorrow

The Pirates will begin selling multi-game spring training ticket plans at 10 a.m. Saturday. You can buy ‘em at www.pirates.com. • Pitchers and catchers will report Feb. 13 to Pirates camp in Bradenton, Fla. They will work out at noon …

January 16, 2009
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Lajoie joins front office

Bill Lajoie, who has spent 55 years in major league baseball, today was named a senior advisor to Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington. Lajoie has been a player, coach, scout, front office adviser and general manager. He was an outfielder …

January 15, 2009
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Bonifay is back

Josh Bonifay is back in the Pirates organization. Bonifay, the son of former general manager Cam Bonifay, signed a minor league deal as a player-coach (but expect his playing time to be minimal, if anything). Josh Bonifay, 30, spent seven …

January 13, 2009
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Time change for Caravan opener

The time for the Pirates Caravan kickoff event Sunday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort has been changed to 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Hmmm … I believe there will be another sports event going on in town Sunday starting shortly …

January 13, 2009
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Monroe, Perez sign minor-league deals

Looking to add outfield depth, the Pirates today signed free agent Craig Monroe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Last season, Monroe batted .203 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 58 games with the …

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