Totally stunning, rockin' great news out of Pirate City ala Pirates.com:
The Pirates today announced they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Ian Snell on a five year contract, the first three guaranteed with club options for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Snell, 26, led the club in ERA (3.76), strikeouts (177) and innings pitched (208.0) during the 2007 campaign while making a team-high 32 starts in his second full season. He also averaged 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, ranking him 10th among all NL pitchers.
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Ian Snell that gives us the ability to keep him in a Pirates uniform at least through the 2012 season," said GM Neal Huntington.
"His performance over the past two seasons ranks him among the best young starters in the game and he will play a crucial role in our success."
Also news for Bronco LB 52 regarding Steve Pearce. He's been sent down to AAA for more seasoning defensively for his new OF position. The general feeling is while he's outperformed Nady and has no issue offensively, the D in the OF needs work plus it gives the team time to shop Nady or even Bay as well. You also have to remember that Pearce hasn't had a full season above A ball yet. Nevertheless, I expect Pearce in the Burgh by the All Star Break.