Comments on: Recapping the Winter Meetings Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:40:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: steve-O K Fri, 09 Dec 2011 21:14:00 +0000 OT but topic for future article you may have answered already.  The new draft rule has us spending probably about 10million less.  Where to the Pirates plan to move that money to?

By: Lee Young Fri, 09 Dec 2011 14:44:00 +0000 I didn’t expect much, but was pleasantly surprised that we got Bedard. All the rest are ho hum. I’m not crying over losing Pounders or Lorin. Nothing special there. I wonder if JJ and Pedro C will end up back in our org.

By: Anonymous Fri, 09 Dec 2011 12:16:00 +0000 Bedard is an absolute coup for the PBC. Two yrs/an option yr, something for ’13 would have been icing on the cake.

Poreda could be a steal. Somewhat like Veal, but better. Where will he start? Hope a little adjustment fixes him.

Nunez is a head scratcher to me. His glove will have to be well above average to stay rostered as I see it.

Navarro compares to Cedeno in several areas IMO. He’s got to be added to the 40 man, right? For right now, he appears almost decent enough to hold down a backup role because of his bat and versatility. Is he Betemit less the salary?

We need catching and Cutler might be okay.

Big deal: Bedard. Deserves an A-.  Pujols going away:A+
Highly positive: Poreda A.
Passable but cheap: Navarro C+
Passable but not so cheap: McClouth C+. I like this better than most. Unlike X he can PH and draw walks and smack one out every so often.
Addition by Subtraction: Ohlendorf, Ciriaco
Meh: JJ and Diaz

NH addressed the PBC, which for the most part he has ignored. Pitching pickups were outstanding. Hope he lands another SP. Nate helps the bench, an area in bad need of a fix. Jury will take its time on the others, but a good, even borderline very good week.