A few notes for the afternoon, some of them are to play catchup on some recent news:
-There’s been a lot of talk about Japanese left hander Hisanori Takahashi and his chances of landing with the Pirates. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker mentions the Pirates as an option that has emerged, mentioning that Takahashi prefers the West Coast, but also wants a Major League deal and a chance to start. Jon Heyman of SI tweeted that Takahashi was being pursued by the Pirates, Mets, Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants, and Padres. Takahashi has turned down offers from the Mets and Orioles so far. Rob Biertempfel of the Trib tweeted that the Pirates are no longer in the running for Takahashi.
Overall it seems that Takahashi wants to play for a West Coast team, and that the only reason he’s being mentioned in connection with the Pirates is because of the chance to start and get a major league deal. I could see the major league deal, as Takahashi could easily replace a guy like Chris Jakubauskas on the 40-man roster. However, I don’t see Takahashi getting a chance to start, especially with six men competing for a rotation spot out of Spring Training, Brad Lincoln due up in June, and guys like D.J. Carrasco, Donald Veal, and a few NRI guys like Brian Burres and Jeff Karstens available in the event of an emergency. I would be very surprised if Takahashi signs with the Pirates.
-I uploaded the Bryce Harper Tracker yesterday. I’ll be updating this after every game to keep track of how Harper is doing. I also have plans to launch trackers for Anthony Ranaudo, Christian Colon, and Drew Pomeranz, but those won’t go up until later this month when their seasons begin. I’m planning a post on the 2010 draft sometime this week, maybe tonight.
-Jeff Sues has been added as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. I like his chances of making the major league bullpen at some point this season, although I don’t think it will happen out of camp. As usual, you can keep track of all of the players who have been invited to Spring Training using the 2010 Spring Training tracker. There are currently 26 NRI players.
-I’ve been working a lot recently on the BUCCO Fans Player Pages, and now have the entire 40-man roster completed. I also created a landing page on the main site, which will make navigation easier. If you wish to bookmark the site, the address is http://players.buccofans.com/. The landing page will always be on the main page. In the future I might incorporate a search box so that you can browse the player pages without having to return to the landing page. I’ll also include a link to the landing page. And of course, I’ve got a lot of work to do, with 212 players left to profile. Since there won’t be a lot of news this month, I plan on dedicating a lot of time to getting these player pages up, so check that part of the site for the majority of updates this month.
-Finally, Sean’s Ramblings is holding the 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Sports Blogs Tournament, and BUCCO Fans is the number five seed in the Louis Lipps division. Go here to vote and send BUCCO Fans to the second round!