Comments on: Optimizing the 25-Man Roster Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:53:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anonymous Mon, 06 Jun 2011 13:17:00 +0000 He’s blocking Presley. Cutting Jones (who has a better/longer relationship with the other players) would also be worse for morale than getting rid of Lyle.

By: Anonymous Mon, 06 Jun 2011 01:44:00 +0000 I disagree with Tim, here……and it goes much further than just numbers. The Pirates seem to have something they havent had in years with a young team. Confidence.

I believe it is an incredible element in developing young talent. Winning can make you better. Overbay isn’t going to find the fountain of youth, but he gives the pitching staff confidence that nothing will get past 1B. From all accounts, he is a great leader/vet that breeds confidence. Garret Jones deserves another month at least to see if he can turn it around. He is a part of this team.

The Pirates need some familiarity and continuity to not only connect with the fans, but to develop as a team. They need to play important games in July and August.

People, we are 17-15 on the road without anything from Alverez.
Reminder…..We were 17-64 on the road last year.  I love this team. If Pressley is the answer in right, give him a shot, but to continue to cast away guys who are part of the soul of this team is wrong.

The Pirates are learning how to win. That is part of development
Its not all about numbers. Its not. We need to win as many games as we can.

By: Anonymous Sun, 05 Jun 2011 22:50:00 +0000 Pirates are going to buy some one, Presley might be a trade piece

By: Mike Adamson Sun, 05 Jun 2011 14:04:00 +0000 The Pirates are 1 game under.500 and if they start releasing all the veterans they will nose dive. Presley or Marte I’m OK with but Hague?  What I would rather see happen is for the Pirates to put Jones and a couple prospects to a team for a Power bat.  Maybe Hunter Pence? Lets buy for once depending on what it would cost us.

By: Lee Young Sun, 05 Jun 2011 12:30:00 +0000 “That means a Hague/Pearce platoon might serve as more of a stop gap.
 It’s not the most attractive option, but at the same time, neither are
the present options.”

Why would you platoon two Right handed hitters?

By: Lee Young Sun, 05 Jun 2011 12:28:00 +0000 “Hague is also more of a platoon option, with an .838 OPS against right handers, and a .608 OPS against left handers.  ”

For a right handed batter, that is really wierd.

By: Anonymous Sun, 05 Jun 2011 05:31:00 +0000 No disagreement from me with parting ways with Overbay and Diaz.

Diaz was a mistake of a signing and I have to say Overbay has been a huge disappointment. I knew his skills were declining but not this bad. On a good note,  he must have read your mind and decided to up his trade value today.

By: Anonymous Sun, 05 Jun 2011 04:16:00 +0000 “One more month.”  That is probably what the front office is thinking.  Just a little more time to see if the RF platoon will turn it around.  Same thing for Overbay.  If Presley is still hitting come end of June, maybe someone like Jones will have played himself out of a roster spot by then.  The Front Office will have to protect a lot of their prospects for the first time after this year ‘(rule V eligible).  If Jones isn’t performing well in a platoon role, I doubt he is on the roster at year end.

By: Anonymous Sun, 05 Jun 2011 03:55:00 +0000 I have a temporary solution. Demote Ciriaco who really doesn’t have a use right now and call up Presley to be a full time OF. Harrison starts at 3rd, Wood is the reserve IF and Jones is the backup 1B. Diaz and Paul will of course be the reserve OF.

Now when Pearce and Alvarez come back obviously you have a little dilemia but if Presley shows himself deserving you solve it then (maybe send Harrison down and put Pearce in AAA). I think you have to keep Overbay right now, he is showinig some improvement and is the best defensive option at 1B right now.

By: white angus Sun, 05 Jun 2011 03:23:00 +0000 i normally agree with Tim, but this time I have to go the other way, like a Tabata inside-out swing.  Yes Overbay’s swing has looked slow, and yes hes getting older, but hes still the best 1Bman we have in both the majors and AAA.  Everyone knows i am not a fan of the UZR, but I will go out on a limb and say his defense has been average.  He is also a winner, a nice veteran to compliment the young guys and is NOT blocking anyone better at this time.

No, he does not need to be resigned in 2012.  His skills are definately in the decline.  But a platoon of Jones/Pearce or Hague/Pearce does not help the team other than trying to reduce payroll.  Plus the defense would suffer;  how many runs has Overbay saved on scoops alone?

another stopgap 1Bman could come in next season to take his place, I wouldnt have any problem with that.  But right now, unless we make a trade, he IS the best 1Bman we have, even with his less than average stats.

By the way, this isnt fantasy baseball, its more than statistics that make a winning team.