Yet another slap in the face to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Paul Bako has agreed to a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He did receive a spring training invite, but has no shot of going north with the Reds unless injury takes toll on the Reds catchers.
This is a blessing in no disguise. Bako would be as valuable to the Pirates as resigning Cota.
Three More Years
A Freddy Sanchez 3 year deal could be announced as early as Tuesday according to the Post-Gazette.
Freddy has the type of bat that will remain productive past his prime. Health will still be an issue though. The three year deal makes Freddy more tradable, especially if he is batting north of .300 come trade deadline(s). I don't expect Freddy to be a Pirate for all three years of the deal.
The Pirates signed Rainer Olmedo off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Rainers stats don't look too inspiring. The real news from the signing is the DFA of Sean Burnett to make room for the Rainer Man. Assuming Burnett clears waivers, the Pirates will outright him to Indy with a Spring Invite.
For not making any impact moves, Huntington is really putting his stamp on the 40 man roster. I really expect a bigger name than Torres to be traded before camp opens for pitchers and catchers.
Random Links and Quotes
"It's a low-risk gamble on our part because it's a minor league contract. If Jaret Wright it healthy, he has a lot of ability and can potentially help us a lot." -- GM Neal Huntington.
From Foxsports.com on Morris:
Morris will make $9.5 next season in the final year of a three-year, $27 million, and even with in a market thin on starting pitching, Pittsburgh likely would have to eat part of that salary in order to trade him.
Also from Foxsports.com, this time from Morris:
"I was disappointed in the way I pitched after the trade, and I'm looking forward to proving to everyone that I'm a better pitcher than what everyone saw last season." -- RHP Matt Morris.
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