Wishing it was baseball season

Wishing it was baseball season here at BUCCO Fans.com Headquarters.  Maybe then my wife’s car would be visible:

I probably spent more time shoveling from the door to the back of the cars than I did on the entire Going Cheap series this week:

Two feet of snow here, although from what I hear it’s less up north in the Pittsburgh area.  At least we’ve got some Pirates-related news and rumors to hold us over until the snow melts.  Or maybe until tomorrow afternoon when I have to shovel again:

-Dejan Kovacevic has some insight on Pedro Alvarez and his off-season workout plan.  If there’s one thing you can look forward to in 2010, it’s the potential debut of Alvarez, and him getting in to shape is only going to make the debut better.

-In that same article, Kovacevic lists some potential prospect assignments for the next season.  The two that were most surprising to me were Tim Alderson and Gorkys Hernandez ticketed for AA.  Both players were fine at the AA level before coming over in their respective trades, then struggled after the deals.  Also, something I’m glad to see, Daniel Moskos will go to AAA and will likely move to the bullpen.  I’m glad Moskos got some innings as a starter, but with all of the pitching prospects at AA and AAA next year, Moskos projects as a reliever.  Now is the perfect time for the Pirates to stick him in that role and see how he handles a full season as a reliever (rather than a few innings in the Arizona Fall League after a full season starting).

-Ken Rosenthal reviews the teams that need a closer, listing the Pirates, Washington Nationals, and Detroit Tigers as the three destinations.  With Jose Valverde, Fernando Rodney, Matt Capps, and Mike MacDougal all available, plus Heath Bell on the trading block, Rosenthal suggests that there are too many closers and not enough jobs.

Over half the league has expressed interest in Capps, and he is said to be selecting his five finalists this weekend.  So far the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals have been reported to be two of his five finalists.  I don’t think Capps returns to the Pirates, despite the lack of closer jobs available.  I’d imagine Capps knows his future.  Odds are that if he puts up good numbers and regains his value, he would be traded away, especially with Joel Hanrahan in the system and Capps entering his final arbitration year.  I’d imagine Capps will prefer to go somewhere where he has a chance to stay more than half a season.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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