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Pittsburgh Pirates Roster Report 2009-01-22


Pittsburgh Pirates Roster Report 2009-01-22
The roster underwent major surgery in late July when RF Xavier Nady and LHP Damaso Marte were traded to the Yankees and LF Jason Bay was dealt to the Red Sox, with the net return being eight young players of varying experience levels.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Pirates are in dire need of good, young arms to continue their rebuilding, as they finished last in the National League in ERA. They also could use a run producer, preferably a right-handed hitter, for the middle of the order, as the offense struggled mightily following the trades of Bay and Nady.

ARRIVALS: C Jason Jaramillo (trade with Phillies), LHP Donnie Veal (Rule 5 selection from Cubs), INF Ramon Vazquez (free agent from Rangers), OF Craig Monroe (minor league free agent from Twins).

DEPARTURES: C Ronny Paulino (traded to Phillies), OF Jason Michaels (free agent, signed with Astros), INF Chris Gomez (free agent, signed minor league deal with Orioles).

FREE AGENTS: INF Luis Rivas, INF/OF Doug Mientkiewicz.

The Pirates have interest in bringing back Mientkiewicz on a one-year deal but will not retain Rivas.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: LHP Paul Maholm, CF Nate McLouth.

The Pirates settled with four other players on Jan. 20.

IN LIMBO: The Pirates want to continue to get younger, which means veterans such as 1B Adam LaRoche, 2B Freddy Sanchez and SS Jack Wilson could be traded.

MEDICAL WATCH:

LHP Phil Dumatrait (arthroscopic shoulder surgery in August 2008) has experienced some setbacks in his rehab and is not expected to be ready at the start of spring training.

OF Brandon Moss (arthroscopic left knee surgery in October 2008) is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 23, 2009

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