Comments on: Pirates Looking at Rafael Furcal http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:40:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html#comment-10518 Sat, 19 Nov 2011 00:18:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21631#comment-10518 If the Pirates are looking at Furcal and Santiage, then they might as well resign Cedeno. Neither of the aforementioned SS are better defensively then Cedeno and they both are pretty much the same with the stick. In my opinion you could have Cedeno cheaper then either of the other two, and he is solid defensively with a canon for an arm. I know he drives everyone crazy, myself included, with his mental lapses and his inconsistent batting. But, for the money there isn’t a better defensive SS in the league(For the Money!!!!)

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html#comment-10483 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:50:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21631#comment-10483 I’m in the minority, but I never wanted to see them release Ronny.

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By: James S http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html#comment-10455 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:28:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21631#comment-10455 Personally I like Ramon Santiago. He’s not a bad hitter, really. As long as he can field well and do the little things right on a consistent basis, I’d put my money on him.

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By: Jack Mcelligott http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html#comment-10453 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:30:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21631#comment-10453 Thanks, I agree.  I just dont want us to go back to Cedeno, he’s got talent but he doesnt play to it.  I was hopeful Chase would do more with the bat to make up for his defense. Love his energy and speed. If we were definite contenders it might be worth to risk Furcal. I suspect they might consider staying in house if they can get the first baseman they want. It will be interesting

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By: Jimmy Coverdale http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html#comment-10449 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:40:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21631#comment-10449 There’s so many options to fill the gap at short there’s no need for Huntington to overspend like everyone else is – and Furcal at $8m a year isn’t worth the risk. I do think that the best option would be Hiroyuki Nakajima – he’s a risk but if the Bucs win the bidding his annual salary will be a lot less than what Furcal, Barmes and others will be asking for right now – as no one else would be able to negotiate with him.

It seems like every day there’s a report that the Pirates are looking at a different SS – wonder who’ll be next

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By: Jimmy Coverdale http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html#comment-10448 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:38:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21631#comment-10448 I don’t think Mercer’s ready – the power was nice but he’s never had an OBP above .340 in the minors – and was below average overall at AAA last year (.308 wOBA).

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By: Jack Mcelligott http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html#comment-10447 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:42:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21631#comment-10447 I would like to know what people think about Jody Mercer being a starter. He certainly appears to have the bat and I read where his defensive skills are adequate. I think between Chase, Jody and Cirraco we have decent alternatives especially if we get a defensive veteran backup. I  would not go back to Cedeno  even if the position is temporarily weakened .

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html#comment-10439 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:54:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21631#comment-10439 If they could get him for the right price Furcal would be a good veteran get, however I don’t think they could get him for a good price, 8mil a year is too much IMO for a guy that is injury prone and losing range as he gets older, not to mention not hitting for much of an average. He might have been a better hitter in his career than Cedano, but he didn’t hit better last year and he is another year older!
Cedano’s talent level is every bit of what Furcal’s is, something changes when you get between the ears.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/pirates-looking-at-rafael-furcal.html#comment-10437 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:29:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21631#comment-10437 I think a. gonzales Is a better move. Did he get signed? Available? Its just as big a risk as furcal with better upside. He’s coming off what will hopefully be a subpar year in his career.

Guess I could just go look.

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