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- 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.
The Pirates signed infielder Josh Fields to a minor league contract on Monday with an invite to spring training.
Fields, 28, was non-tendered by the Kansas city Royals in early December.
Fields missed most of the 2010 season, recovering from hip surgery that he had in April. He played in 13 games, post surgery, where he went 15-for-49 (.306 avg) with three homers and six RBIs.
He has appeared in the majors each of the past five seasons –his best came in 2007 where he played in 100 games and hit 23 home runs.
A former first round draft pick (18th overall) in the 2004 draft by the Chicago White Sox, Fields is a career .234 hitter.
Fields can play first, third and left field. He will compete for a spot on the Pirates roster as a utility player.