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    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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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    Two Day Sale on the Digital Prospect Guide

    If you haven't purchased your copy of the 2012 Prospect Guide, I just received a new coupon code from the publisher for you to use. The code is for 30% off the digital Prospect Guide, which can be purchased from our publisher here. The offer is valid for the next two days...

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    When Is The Best Time To Grade A Draft?

    It’s no secret that the bulk of the rebuilding process by the Pittsburgh Pirates has been primarily focused on the MLB draft. The Pirates have spent more than any other team in the majors over the last four years, including a single season record in 2011. In the process of spending this...

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    This Date in Pirates History: January 30

    On this date in 1959 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Whammy Douglass, outfielders Jim Pendleton and John Powers and third baseman Frank Thomas to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for catcher Smoky Burgess, third baseman Don Hoak and pitcher Harvey Haddix. Starting with Burgess, he was just about to turn 32 at...

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    Winter League Playoffs 1/29 — Gimenez Leads Aragua To Caribbean Series

    The Winter Leagues continue to wrap things up....   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  3,  Tiburones de La Guaira  1 1B Hector Gimenez had another big day, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, to lead Los Tigres to the win.  That gives them the win of the championship series, and...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates One Game Wonders

    In the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise, since they first set foot on the field of Bank Street Grounds in Cincinnati to play their first game as a member of the American Association on May 2,1882 until they played their last game this past September 28,2011, they have used 1814 different...

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