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UPDATE: Baseball America has given us the updates on the R5 draft. Apparently the minor league R5 is good to go, the major league is suspended indefinitely
There will be a MiLB Rule 5 draft next week. There won't be a MLB Rule 5 draft, at least for now. It's postponed indefinitely.https://t.co/s74TfhrLqN
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) December 2, 2021
UPDATE: Several players are now using their grayed out pictures on MLB dot com’s site as their profile pictures. Four former Pirates from what I’ve seen have done so. The four players are Trevor Williams, Joe Musgrove, Jameson Tailon, and Andrew McCutchen
UPDATE: Baseball America has come out and handed the Greensboro Grasshoppers (the Pirates High-A club), the award for the best High-A organization. Congrats to Greensboro and their staff!
— Greensboro Grasshoppers (@GSOHoppers) December 2, 2021
UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman, former Pirate Jose Osuna has signed a 3 year extension to stay with the Tokyo Swallows. The Swallows are coming off a championship season.
Former Pirates OF Jose Osuna has signed a 3-year extension with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Helped them win NPB Japan Series in '21. Repped by The MAS+ Agency.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 2, 2021
UPDATE: The Pirates have released a statement on the current lockout situation. Jason Mackey provides us with the tweet.
Pirates issue a statement on the lockout: pic.twitter.com/Eu9zlxgmUz
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) December 2, 2021
In the movies or television, you know, you see a prisoner mark the walls with tally marks to signify the number of days has passed? Well, I got a feeling we will be having a lot of tally marks on our own walls with the MLB lockout official. Tension has been bubbling like a witch’s cauldron on October 31st.
If baseball can be fixed somewhat and create a more steady and even playing field, consider this writer and fan a happy one. Will they fix everything or most things? Probably not, but a lot of fans will look to the players union to hold firm and stand their ground. If I were a betting man, I’d get your chalk ready and maybe buy a harmonica; it’s going to be a long one.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now Notes
Pirates Prospects Notes
John Dreker delves into yet another day of prospect coverage on Wednesday. As winter league ball continues to trudge on, John gives us updates on Pirate prospect numbers, highlighted by Randy Romero.
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