-Adam LaRoche is a Pittsburgh Pirate. Officially. The present Pirates are happy about it, in fact they are ecstatic.
-The Pirates also agreed to a one-year deal with Shawn Chacon worth $3,825,000, plus as much as $225,000 in performance bonuses based on innings pitched. Chacon and the team exchanged salary figures Tuesday, Chacon submitting $4.25 million and the team $3.7 million. He made $3.6 million last season.
-More official paperwork says the Pirates officially have a new principal owner and his name is Bob Nutting. He was approved unanimously by the other Major League owners.
-A scouts take on Brent Lillibridge (courtesy of Baseball America):
No matter how impressive his 2006 numbers were, Lillibridge's year was also somewhat historic, as he was the only player in the minors to hit over .300, post over a .400 on-base percentage, hit over 10 home runs (13), drive in over 50 runs (71) and steal over 50 bases (53).
"This guy is a poor man's Brian Roberts . . . very exciting player with boundless energy and good speed, reactions, and instincts.
"He's one of the top middle infield prospects in the game for me, a sure-fire major leaguer with the only question being how good he will be and where--short, second base, or even moving him back to the outfield."
-Jeff Samardzija has chosen baseball and the Chicago Cubs over the possibility of the NFL. The two-sport Notre Dame star signed a five-year deal worth 10 million dollars that includes a no trade clause.
-Who's hitting in Winter ball you ask? Jose Castillo is finding his stroke.
-The Pirates are still chasing Brian Lawrence. They even upped their offer yesterday.