Trade Values – Mark Trumbo

About two minutes after Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels, the discussion among Pittsburgh Pirates fans (and any other team looking for a first baseman) shifted to “what would it take to get Mark Trumbo”?  The theory is that with Pujols and Kendrys Morales, the Angels wouldn’t need Trumbo, and would look to deal him elsewhere.  The Angels haven’t really said that they’d be trading Trumbo,...

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Winter Leagues 12/11 — A Start For Martis, Hits For Navarro

Sunday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales de Lara  5,  Tiburones de La Guaira  2 Shairon Martis made the start for Los Tiburones, going 5.1 innings, but he was not involved in the decision.  Martis allowed just one run over the first 5 innings, with a solo homer to lead off the 2nd inning.  He scattered a double and three singles over those innings, and in both the...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 11

On this date in 1975 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitchers Ken Brett, Dock Ellis and rookie second baseman Willie Randolph to the New York Yankees for pitcher Doc Medich. Ellis went 96-80 in eight seasons in Pittsburgh, he was 30 at the time of the trade and went just 8-9 with a career high 3.79 ERA in 1975. Brett went 22-14 over two seasons in Pittsburgh, he was just 27 at the time but had already played parts of nine seasons in the...

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Deacon Phillippe: By the Numbers

A short while back I did a bio on Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Sam Leever and then followed that up with a breakdown of his stats, which to me showed his strong case for the Hall of Fame. After last week when I wrote about all of the future Hall of Famers in baseball in 1906, I felt it was a good time to do the same thing for Deacon Phillippe as I did for Leever. If you use baseball-reference, which I recommend for everyone, you know...

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