Joe Ferrone has joined Pittsburgh's Baseball Operations staff as a Special Assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington.
The 42-year-old Ferrone, who worked for the Pirates as a west coast area scout in 2003, spent the last five years with the Detroit Tigers as their West Coast Regional Crosschecker.
He began his scouting career with the Montreal Expos as an area scout (Midwest) in 1993-1994 before spending eight years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as an area scout (southern California) from 1995-1998 and a West Coast Scouting Supervisor from 1999-2002.
-- Center fielder Chris Duffy has filed for minor league free agency and will seek to hook on with another organization.
-- Right-handed reliever Evan Meek, who struggled with the Pirates early in the season as a rookie in 2008, has been added to the 40-man roster in place of Duffy. After going 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA in nine games in the major leagues, the 25-year-old bounced back to go 1-1 with two saves and a 2.81 ERA in nine games with Class AA Altoona and 0-0 with two saves and a 2.40 ERA in 23 games with Class AAA Indianapolis.
-- Two pitchers from the area, LHP Brian Holliday (Moon Area) and RHP Josh Sharpless (Freedom), have become minor-league free agents. Holliday spent seven seasons in the Pirates’ organization, finishing last season with high Class A Lynchburg, while Sharpless pitched for San Francisco’s Class AA Connecticut farm club in 2008.
Holliday is one of 26 players from the Pirates’ organization who became minor-league free agents along with left-handers Corey Hamman, Wanell Macia, Juan Perez and Josh Shortslef; right-handers Adam Bernero, Ryan Drese, Jean Garavito, Blair Johnson, Juan Mateo, Dan Reichart, Marino Salas, Mike Thompson and John Van Benschoten; catchers Carlos Maldonado, Milver Reyes and Steven Suarez; infielders Josh Bonifay, Jason Bowers, Melvin Dorta, Matt Kata and Luis Ordaz; and outfielders Jorge Cortes, Chris Duffy, Jonel Pacheco and Anthony Webster.