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January 28, 2011
by rob biertempfel


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Beimel is back

Joe Beimel had other offers from four other teams, but could not pass up the chance to rejoin his “hometown” club and play again for manager Clint Hurdle. Beimel today signed a minor league contract with the Pirates and got …

January 28, 2011
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Beimel deal almost done

This afternoon, the Pirates held their annual hot stove luncheon with the local media. A few tidbits: »»» GM Neal Huntington was not ready to announce a deal with free-agent reliever Joe Beimel. “We’re still working through some things,” Huntington …

January 27, 2011
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Farm system in middle of the pack

ESPN.com analyst Keith Law, a respected MLB wonk and a friend of this blog, this week released his third annual list of organizational rankings. His top three farm systems are: 1. Kansas City (“arms coming out of their ears,” Law …

January 25, 2011
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McCutchen at home in Coors Field

Andrew McCutchen’s best asset in center field is his speed. It allows him to play deep, overcome bad routes (his biggest and most frequently displayed shortcoming), chase down balls other fielders can’t get, and make runners think twice before taking …

January 12, 2011
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Tabata beefs up, hoping for homers

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jose Tabata told me this morning he weighs 212 pounds, which means that — assuming the media guide isn’t lying to me (cough cough) when it says he weighed 210 last year — he packed on all …

January 11, 2011
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Hart, Yates throw bullpens

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-handers Kevin Hart (shoulder) and Tyler Yates (elbow), who both are rehabbing from surgeries, threw bullpen sessions this afternoon on day two of minicamp. Both threw 25 pitches, all fastballs, under the watchful eye of pitching coach …

January 10, 2011
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Julio inks minor league deal

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates signed right-hander Jorge Julio to a minor league contract that does not include an invite to spring training.

January 10, 2011
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Hart set to get back on the bump

Kevin Hart will throw a brief bullpen session sometime this week. It will be his first time on the pitcher’s mound since May, when he had surgery to repair a torn labrum

January 9, 2011
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Scatch Fuentes off the list

BRADENTON, Fla. — Scratch free-agent lefty Brian Fuentes off the list of relief pitching options for the Pirates.

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