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Old 12-19-2008, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Pittsburgh Pirates Offseason Thread.

Since there is no offseason thread, Im going to create one and keep it updated with Roster moves, signings, ect..

October 2008:

10/1/08 - Lanny Frattare retires after 30+ years of televsion and radio duties for the Buccos.

10/20/08 - Joe Kerrigan is hired to replace Jeff Andrews as the Pirates' fourth pitching coach in the past five years.

10/29/08 - John Van Benschoten. right-handers Marino Salas, Yoslan Herrera and Ronald Belisario removed from the 40-man roster.

10/30/08 - Jason Michaels, and Luis Rivas join the free agent pool.

November 2008:

11/7/08 - The Pirates filled the final vacancy in the Major League coaching staff on Friday, naming Perry Hill as the team's first-base coach for 2009.

- Chris Duffy leaves te Bucs, Evan Meeks added to the 40 man roster.

11/10/08 - Joe Ferrone named special assistant to GM.

11/20/08 - The Pirates added third baseman Neil Walker, outfielder Jose Tabata and right-hander Jeff Sues. Also added were catcher Steve Lerud and right-handed reliever Ronald Uviedo to the 40 man roster.

11/21/08 - Van Benschoten parts ways with the Bucs.

11/24/08 - Bucs sign two Indian hurlers.

- Hal Morris joins Bucs' scouting department.

December 2008:

12/3/08 - Marc DelPiano joins the organization as a special assistant. A Former special assignment scout with Boston.

12/4/08 - Dodgers interested in Wilson.

12/5/08 - Bucs send right-hander Jason Davis and catcher Raul Chavez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

- Left-hander Daniel Haigwood, who most recently pitched in the Red Sox farm system, and Maiko Loyola who played for the Rays' Class A Columbus sign a Minor League deal with Bucs.

12/8/08 - The Pirates sign right-hander Brian Slocum and outfielder Yohan Silva to Minor League contracts.

12/9/08 - Pirates looking at David Eckstein.

12/10/08 - Pirates acquire Jaramillo for Paulino

- Pitcher Jason Davis, and Catcher Raul Chavez opt for Free Agency.

- Pirates offer McLouth long term contract.

- Pirates interested in Marlins infielder Robert Andino.

12/11/08 - Pirates discussing whether or not to keep pitcher Denny Bautista.

- Pirates nab hard throwng pitcher Donnie Veal from rule 5 draft.

- Pirates negotiating a deal with Infielder Ramon Vazquez.

12/13/08 - Pirates opt not to sign Bautista, intend to sign him to minor league deal.

- Pirates sign Vazquez to 2 year deal.

12/15/08 - Pirates interested in former Orioles right handed pitcher Daniel Cabrera

12/18/08 - Pirates name Tim Neverett play by play announcer.

- Pirates close to signing Doumit to extension.
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