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    Pirates Winter League Recap: 11/14-11/20

    The Arizona Fall League wrapped up this week.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared in the final week: -Andrew Lambo played in four games this week, going 1-for-14 (.071) with a double.  Lambo finished the season with a .274/.325/.462 line on the season, with four homers in 106 at-bats. -Tony Sanchez...

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    Diaz vs. Ciriaco: A battle for the ages

    Argenis Diaz and Pedro Ciriaco are two very similar players on the Pirates 40-man roster. Both are shortstops. Both have been praised for their defensive abilities. And neither are very good at hitting baseballs.

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    Gammons: Pirates Offering Big

    Peter Gammons relayed a quote from an agent yesterday on the status of the free agent market: Agent:"3 years Buck, Benoit. Pirates, Royals offering big. This is a great market. Angels, Red Sox, Mets could be left behind" To break down the quote, the agent references the three year deals to John...

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    Losing Duke, LaRoche and Young

    In a somewhat surprising move, the Pirates designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster. It was not surprising that those players were let go, bit I figured the front office would hang on to them until the non-tender deadline...

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    Four Coaching Positions Set

    Searage will return as the pitching coach in 2011. According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to name four coaches to Clint Hurdle's coaching staff.  Those coaches are Ray Searage (pitching coach), Gregg Ritchie (hitting coach), Jeff Banister (third base coach), and Nick Leyva (bench coach). Searage and Banister are returning to the coaching staff from...

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    2010 Rule 5 Draft Eligible Players: Pitchers

    Pitchers are the most popular selections in the Rule 5 draft.  Teams always have a pitching prospect who is talented, but isn't talented enough to crack his team's 40-man roster.  Pitchers are also easier to protect, as they can be stashed in the bullpen, and used in blowout situations.  The Pirates have...

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    2010 Rule 5 Draft Eligible Players: Position Players

    Position players don't get selected as frequently as pitchers in the Rule 5 draft, and for two good reasons.  Teams usually try to protect their promising position players, and even if an intriguing option is left out there, it's easier to protect a pitcher than it is a position player.  Here are...

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