• Analysis
    Minor League Contracts and Winter Ball Playoffs

    Signing news:


    These players have been signed to minor league contracts, but have NOT been invited to the Pirates' major league spring training camp.
    RHP Sean Smith -- started for AAA Colorado Springs (Rockies) and AAA Buffalo (Cleveland) in 2008.

  • Analysis
    More Minor League Contracts: Jones, Phillips

    Let's take a look at two more players the Pirates' recently signed to minor league contracts.


    1B Garrett Jones is a 27-year old Illinois native, who was originally drafted by the Braves in the 14th round of the 1999 draft.

  • Analysis
    Catchers Hitting in Winter Leagues; Hernandez’s 8th Save

    More action than usual for a Monday in winter league play:


    Dominican League

  • Analysis
    Catchers Hitting in Winter Leagues; Hernandez’s 8th Save

    More action than usual for a Monday in winter league play:


    Dominican League �(playoffs)
    Tigres del Licey 5, Aguilas Cibaenas 2
    All the excitement happened in the 2nd inning, and former Pirate C�Ronny Paulino was the hero for Licey. �Another former Pirate, Jose Bautista, led off with a...

  • Analysis
    Some Holiday Winter Ball

    Hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday season!
    Time to check in on the Pirates and their farmhands and friends in the end of winter ball play:


    Mexican League:
    Luis Cruz hadn't appeared in a game for Obregon in 10 days, and I'd thought he'd finished his winter...

  • Analysis
    More Festive Notes

    A few more notes for the holiday -- just be glad you don't have to listen to me sing.

     

    (to the tune of "Joy to the World")

     

    Joy be in Pittsburgh!

    The Bucs' prospects come!

    Let fans prepare to cheer

    For Alvarez and Cruz,

    Tabata and McCutchen,

    And Meek and Walker too,

    And Diaz and Negrych,

    And Veal and Robles,

    Mateo...

  • Analysis
    Not a Fan of Doumit's Contract

    The Post-Gazette poll shows an overwhelming support of the signing of Ryan Doumit to a long term contract. I am certainly a fan of having signed Doumit to a long term deal. But I am by no means a fan of the contract. With the way the salary is broken out (Doumit...

  • Analysis
    A Few Notes on Christmas Eve

    OK, everyone sing along:

     

    (to the tune of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen")

     

    God Rest Ye Merry Pirates' fans,

    Let nothing you dismay!

    Jose, Pedro, and Robinzon

    Will soon be on the way

    To save us all from losing streaks,

    And maybe forget Bay. 

    O, Tidings of Nyjer and Andrew,

    Juan, and Jimmy,

    O, Tidings of Comfort and Joy

     

  • Analysis
    Pirates Add Indiana Native and More

    The Pirates were busy with minor league contract signings this week.

  • Analysis
    Maldonado Sparks Caracas’ Comeback


    Winter League Notes:
    The Dominican League regular season is over, and teams are resting up for the playoffs, which begin on Friday.

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