Does a Big Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates?

The 2011-2012 off-season has been somewhat amusing. At the start of the off-season, the big focus was on the options of Paul Maholm, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, and Ronny Cedeno. The Pirates declined all four options, much to the dismay of Pirates fans, who didn’t think the team could replace those four players on the free agent market. The Pirates replaced Cedeno with Clint Barmes, who grades as one of the best defensive...

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Early Look at the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Payroll

Last week I took an early look at the 2013 payroll, and followed that up with an early look at the 2014 payroll. The purpose of the looks is to see if the Pittsburgh Pirates project to have payroll space in the future for a big contract, such as a multi-year deal for Edwin Jackson. Continuing with the series, here is the way-too-early 2015 payroll projection. Some notes before we go on: -All projections were made with the assumption...

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Tony Sanchez Broke Jaw Over Off-Season

Rob Biertempfel of the Trib is reporting that Pittsburgh Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez broke his jaw over the off-season in a bar room fight. Biertempfel reports that the incident happened during the Florida Instructional Leagues. Sanchez had his jaw broken in 2010 after being hit with a pitch in Bradenton. That required his jaw to be wired shut for three months. This injury wasn’t as serious, as Biertempfel reported...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 31

On this date in 1974 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded shortstop Jackie Hernandez to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Mike Ryan. Hernandez had joined the Pirates in a December 2, 1970 trade that was covered here. He played three seasons for the Pirates, including the 1971 season when he became the everyday shortstop late in the year and helped lead the team to their fourth World Series title. In three years in Pittsburgh he played...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/30 — Escogido Wins Dominican Championship

The Dominican League is the last to wrap up their Championship series.  They and the winners from the other three Caribbean leagues will begin the Caribbean Series on Feb 2nd.  The Dominican Republic is the host team for 2012.   Leones del Escogido  6,  Aguilas Cibaenas  5 A hard-fought game, going down to the wire, just like the series.  Los Aguilas took the lead with a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning.  They scored one run in the...

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