Winter Leagues 11/7 — Tough Inning For Wood

Usually not much winter league business on Mondays, but the Dominican League was in action tonight: Toros del Este  7,  Gigantes del Cibao  6 A 6-run top of the 1st gave Los Toros a big lead, which they nearly lost.  The first 7 batters reached base, with two singles, a 3-run homer, two more singles, a double, and another single.  A sacrifice fly produced the first out of the inning, but with one more run.  3B Matt Hague had the...

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MLB Labor Agreement Coming Tomorrow?

Maury Brown of Biz of Baseball has an update on the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks, via Twitter.  Brown notes that you shouldn’t hold your breath, but rumors are that MLB will announce a labor agreement tomorrow.  Brown also adds that there could be a compromise on the hard slotting issue with a luxury tax. We’ve heard a lot of updates in the past few weeks about the holdup to a new deal being the owners and Bud...

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Pirates Are Suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

Earlier today a scouting video was released of top Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks.  The video has since been removed, but was a pretty impressive display of Cespedes’ abilities.  On top of that, the video was somewhat entertaining, with some odd footage, including a Star Wars styled intro, and Cespedes roasting a pig at the end. Cespedes is a 26 year old center...

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Gio Gonzalez Would Cost Too Much

Throughout the 2011 season I took a look at trade values for various players, looking both at the internal options that the Pittsburgh Pirates had to trade, and the external options that they could pursue.  With all of the talk about Gio Gonzalez being available by the Oakland Athletics, I figured I would revisit the series and see what the trade value would be for the left hander. NOTE: The purpose is to see the values of these...

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Poll: Your Ideal Off-Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2011-2012 off-season with four big needs for the 2012 season.  With Derrek Lee, Paul Maholm, Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Doumit, and Chris Snyder all departing, the Pirates have needs at catcher, first base, shortstop, and the rotation.  I’ve discussed each position individually, along with some free agent options at catcher, shortstop, first base, and the rotation. I was asked on Twitter yesterday what I...

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