Pirates Acquire Brian Jeroloman

By Jason Shetler

Tim Williams has reported that the Pirates have acquired catcher Brian Jeroloman from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations. The Pirates brought in Jeroloman as a waiver claim from the Blue Jays prior to last season, before being claimed back by the Jays a few days later. He will join Indianapolis and serve as the backup catcher to Tony Sanchez.

Blue Jays Claim Clint Robinson

By Jason Shetler

According to the Blue Jays official twitter account, Toronto has claimed Clint Robinson off waivers. The Pirates acquired Robinson in a November trade from the Kansas City Royals along with pitcher Vin Mazzaro. A couple days ago, Robinson was designated for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Brandon Inge. Robinson will now be the first baseman for the Jays new AAA affiliate Buffalo. 

Clint Robinson And Hunter Strickland Designated For Assignment

By Jason Shetler

To make room on the 40-man roster for Brandon Inge and Jonathan Sanchez, the Pirates have designated first baseman Clint Robinson and pitcher Hunter Strickland for assignment. Robinson was signed by the Pirates to a minor league deal this offseason, while Strickland was acquired from the Red Sox as part of the Adam LaRoche deal back in 2009. Both players are likely to clear waivers. 

Pirates Make Final Cuts

By Jason Shetler

The Pirates appeared to have made their final cuts. Those players include Alex Presley, Carlos Paulino, Felix Pie, Jordy Mercer, Kyle McPherson, Lucas May, Mike Zagurski, Ryan Reid, and Vin Mazzaro.

Presley, Mercer and McPherson have been optioned to Indianapolis, while Paulino, Pie, May, Zagurski, Reid and Mazzaro have been re-assigned to minor league camp. 

Here are the spots that have been solidified:

Jeff Locke will be the #5 starter

Chris Leroux, Jeanmar Gomez and Justin Wilson will be in the bullpen

Jose Tabata will serve as the fourth outfielder

Josh Harrison would be the extra infielder, with Brandon Inge most likely starting the season on the disabled list

Pirates Release Several Minor League Pitchers

By Jason Shetler

The Pirates have announced the release of six minor league pitchers. Logan Pevny, Mike Jefferson, Jordan Cooper, Josh Poytress, Nathan Kilcrease, and Zach Foster are no longer with the organization.

Pevny was drafted by the Pirates in the 49th round in 2010. Last season, he posted a 2.08 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 17 games pitched for the State College Spikes.

Jefferson was taken by the Pirates in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft. He put up a 4.67 ERA, along with a 1.32 WHIP  in 30 appearances for the West Virginia Power.

Cooper was drafted in 2009 by the Pirates  in the 17th round, but did not sign. The Pirates drafted him again as a 23rd round pick in 2011. Cooper struggled badly in 2012, as he posted a 6.68 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP in 25 games combined with State College and West Virginia.

Poytress was selected in the 18th round by the Pirates in 2011. He appeared in 21 games last year for Bradenton, where he posted a 2.59 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.

Kilcrease was acquired from the Oakland Athletics last season. He combined to make 37 appearances with Burlington and West Virginia, posting a 1.28 ERA along with a 1.07 WHIP.

Foster was drafted as a 49th round selection back in 2008. The former Pitt Panther, posted a 5.94 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 41 games pitched last year for Bradenton. He also made a cameo appearance this Spring for the Pirates.

Pirates Release Brad Hawpe

By Jason Shetler

According to both Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Trib and Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have released Brad Hawpe. He was granted his release, so it appears that he wasn’t going to accept a AAA assignment. Hawpe signed with the Pirates on a minor league contract in January, and was considered a long shot to make the club. He struggled in 16 Spring games, as he hit just .139 and struckout half the time in his at bats.