December 12, 2007

Notes at the Mothership

Pirates.com has the latest Notes posted.

A basic run down of the article is:

All 5 arbitration eligible players will be tendered.

The Pirates have made a minor league contract offer to Kuwata.  Kuwatamania lives on!  Wooooo!

The Pirates have been in discussions with Japanese reliever Kazuo Fukumori, he is only interested if a team will guarantee a MLB contract.

Forget about Inge, Huntington wants another year to see what they have in Bautista.

Marino Salas, one of the pitchers acquired for Torres, is expected to make the club and fill Torres' spot in the pen.  Hope the guy has a rubber arm.

The Pirates are "scouring" the free agent wire for right handed bullpen arms, though it is not a pressing need thanks to Salas.

Walker ended his Mexican league season early, as previously decided by the Pirates and Walker, batting .268 with 17 RBI.  In a quote from the article on Walker getting time to play 3B in Mexico:

"Reports were very positive," Huntington said of Walker. "He continues to show great strides improving at the position."

No replacement for pitching coach Andrews has been found for Indy.

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