Winter Leagues 12/26 — RBI And Big Run For Hernandez

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend… Monday brought a quiet night in winter league action.  The Dominican League is done with the regular season and awaiting playoffs.  The Puerto Rican League is still on holiday break, as is the Australian League.  Rogelio Noris continues to get only sporadic playing time with Mazatlan in the Mexican Pacific League.  The Venezuelan League had an almost-full schedule, but only one game...

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What Compensation Picks Will the Pirates Receive?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are projected to receive as many as two free agent compensation picks in the 2012 draft. They received one for losing Ryan Doumit to the Minnesota Twins, and are likely to receive another pick once Derrek Lee signs with another team. It’s impossible to know the exact location of the picks at this point. There are still some un-signed free agents who could change the draft order. However, we’re close...

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Send in Your Questions For the 2012 Prospect Guide Chat

The Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide has been released and most of you have received the book. If you ordered last week, you should get the book today or tomorrow (if you haven’t already gotten it), and if you ordered on Friday or later, you’ll get your copy by the end of this week. For those of you who haven’t placed an order, you can do so on the products page of this site. Tomorrow I will hold a chat at 2:00...

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Do the Pirates Need a First Baseman?

  Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports took a look at five off-season stories that will carry over in to the 2012 calendar year.  The first two on his list were the first base market, focusing on Prince Fielder, then the players on the market after Fielder. Fielder is definitely holding the market up right now. Morosi mentions that he might need to choose between the biggest offer and the best opportunity to win. In either event, the...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 26

On this date in 1953 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded young infielder Danny O’Connell to the Milwaukee Braves in exchange for six players and $100,000 cash. Danny had a strong season for the Pirates in 1953 hitting .294 with 57 walks and 88 runs scored. He was 26 at the time of the trade and had played just one prior season in the majors(1950) due to serving two years in the military. This deal, along with another trade a month...

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