Making moves

Making moves

RHP Nelson Figueroa was released and RHP Mark Corey elected free agency rather than an assignment to Triple-A Nashville.

Figueroa, 30, spent the final six weeks of this season with the Pirates and was 0-3 with a 5.72 ERA in 10 games, three starts. At Nashville, he went 12-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 25 games, 23 starts.

Figueroa also spent part of the 2003 with the Pirates and has a 7-17 lifetime record with a 4.65 ERA in 74 games, 33 starts, over five major league seasons. He also has pitched for Arizona (2000), Philadelphia (2001) and Milwaukee (2002).

Corey, 29, had five different stints with the Pirates this season and went 1-2 with a 4.54 ERA in 31 games. In 34 games with Nashville, he was 1-4 with 16 saves and a 4.42 ERA.

Corey has a 2-7 lifetime record with 6.02 ERA in 81 games over four major league seasons with the New York Mets (2001-02), Colorado (2002) and Pirates (2003-04).

SS Jack Wilson won the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the Pirates' Most Valuable Player by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Wilson received 10 of 13 first-place votes while LHP Oliver Perez, C Jason Kendall and LF Jason Bay got one each.

Wilson hit .308 with 11 homers and 59 RBIs in 157 games. He ranked third in the National League in hits with 201, the first Pirate to have a 200-hit season since Dave Parker in 1977.

Wilson also became the ninth NL shortstop to collect 200 hits in a season. The last Pirates shortstop to reach that mark was Hall of Famer Honus Wagner with 201 in 1908.

Wilson made a career-high 155 starts, the most by a Pirates shortstop since Jay Bell's 157 in 1992.

Stats: 20-6 -- The Pirates' record from June 26-July 25, including a 14-1 stretch at home.

Quote The Coach: "We proved in the middle of the season that we can play with anybody in the league. The key now is to begin doing it on a more consistent basis as our team matures." -- Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon.

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