Bucco news and notes: 1/28
- The Pirates have not yet officially announced the deal with left-hander Joe Beimel. General Manager Neal Huntington said, “We’re still working through some things.” But sources claim the contract is a minor league deal with a spring training invite.
Beimel was reported to have offers from several clubs, including a two-year deal, but turned them down to play in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania native) and to work with Manager Clint Hurdle.
- Owner Bob Nutting is happy with the moves so far this offseason and especially the work from Manager Clint Hurdle.
“We addressed clear needs on the field and a clear need in the clubhouse,” Nutting said. “We were able to strategically put in pieces of talent — there’s certainly an upgrade at first base [with Lyle Overbay] and an opportunity for Garrett [Jones] in right field. But the real impact we’re going to see is a cultural change in the clubhouse. We’re simply not going to accept anything less than a top performance and a focus on winning. More than anything else, that’s what this offseason demonstrated. There were tangible steps taken toward improving this organization through leadership and talent.”
- The Pirates will be holding a 5K race on Saturday April 9th that will take place on the North Shore.
The run will start on Federal street with PNC Park’s home plate being the finish line.
To register and/or for more details, click here.