Winter League Playoffs 1/26 — Moss, Cortes, and Anderson Homer, Mildren Goes 9

The Mexican Pacific and Puerto Rican Leagues are just waiting for the Caribbean Series (which begins on Feb 2nd), while the Venezuelan and Dominican Leagues are still in their championship series.   Just a few Pirates’ players and friends are still in action:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE    (best of 9 series) Aguilas Cibaenas  8,  Leones del Escogido  5 Four runs in the top of the 9th gave Los Aguilas the come-from-behind win,...

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BA Ranks Pirates’ Farm System 13th

In its just-published annual Prospect Handbook, Baseball America ranked the Pirates’ farm system 13th in baseball, up from 19th a year ago.  The system no doubt was helped by the addition of two high-end talents in the 2011 draft–pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell–as well as by breakout seasons by Starling Marte, Robbie Grossman and Kyle McPherson.  On the down side, the improvement in the...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 26

On this date in 1895 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Ad Gumbert to the Brooklyn Grooms for catcher Tom Kinslow. Gumbert was just 26 at the time of the trade, a native of Pittsburgh who had a 106-79 career record already. For the Pirates he had gone 15-14 in 1894, sporting a 6.08 ERA which seems very high but 1894 was near the very top of high offense years in baseball history. The Pirates that season had a 5.62 team ERA and...

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Early Look At the Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Payroll

When I was writing about a possible long term Edwin Jackson deal the other day, I reached a point where I started thinking about how a long term deal would fit in with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ payroll commitments. A quick look at our Future Payroll page shows that the Pirates don’t have much committed beyond the 2012 season. In 2013 they have $6.5 M guaranteed. In 2014 it’s $3 M, then $4 M in 2015, followed by $4.5 M...

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