Pirates tell Kolb he is free to go
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Dan Kolb will not make the Pirates' bullpen.
Management informed him late last night that it would not place him on the 25-man roster by the midnight deadline stipulated in his minor-league contract, and Kolb will exercise his right in that contract to declare free agency today.
If Kolb had been added, he would have made $1.25 million in base pay and a maximum $1.3 million in performance bonuses.
His elimination apparently clears the way for two other right-handers, Jonah Bayliss and John Wasdin, to take the final two spots in the bullpen. Those certain to be part of it: Salomon Torres, Matt Capps, Damaso Marte, Shawn Chacon and Juan Perez.
Kolb, 32, pitched a scoreless fourth inning yesterday in the Pirates' 5-5 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies at McKechnie Field, displaying his best velocity and breaking ball of the spring. He walked two.
In 9 1/3 innings, he had a 2.89 ERA with three strikeouts, nine walks and eight hits.
Earlier in the day, the Pirates optioned reliever Marty McLeary -- 0-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 13 innings -- to Class AAA Indianapolis.
The roster is at 29, not counting Kolb and injured reliever Masumi Kuwata, and the 25-man limit must be reached by 3 p.m. Sunday. Tracy did not rule out it could take that long to finish it off, but more cuts are expected today.
First Published March 30, 2007 12:00 am