Comments on: Pirates Notebook: Brewers Swipe Seven Bases Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:39:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: RandyLinville Thu, 20 Sep 2012 03:27:00 +0000 I think Ross or Shoppach would make sense. I like the thought as noted here by someone else of pursuing a blocked prospect, as well.

By: Tim Williams Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:57:00 +0000 One thing to note about the CS% is that they’re all pretty much irrelevant as long as the Pirates hold their philosophy of allowing runners to steal. Take Barajas, for example. Last year he had a 25% CS. In his career he is 28%. Yet this year with the Pirates he is at 7%.

By: heyheywhattyasay Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:54:00 +0000 First off, thanks for puttingthis together. Good stuff. A couple of things – based on this list, I’d agree with Mr. Stull and vote for Ross or perhaps Shoppach.

I’d also be interested in any AAA catcher of modest talent who was being blocked by a good ML catcher. Which guys are being blocked by Ruiz, Posey, Mauer, Molina and those types of guys? I’m assuming such AAA catchers would potentially be available for a trade.
I’d rather have Jason Kendall unretire again than have Barajas back.

By: Rob Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:58:00 +0000 You mean the Ryan Doumit hitting .281 with a .789 OPS and 16 homeruns, 67 rbi’s and thrown out 7 of 35 attempts at stealing?
Why would we want him when we could have Rod Barajas???
Sorry for the Sarcasm, couldn’t resist. Doumit was one of my favorites when he was here.

By: Stephen Stull Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:28:00 +0000 I wouldn’t mind having David Ross.

By: Stephen Stull Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:26:00 +0000 So, remind me again why we ditched Doumit? He threw out just as many runners as Barajas but could actually hit the ball. Still like Fort as a backup however.

By: Rob Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:16:00 +0000 Free Agent Catchers for 2013:
Pierzynski (No chance – Price too high)
Napoli – .797 OPS, 18.0% CS. – Career .862 OPS and 24.1% CS
Shoppach – .791 OPS, 30.0% CS – Career .739 OPS and 28.5% CS
Ross – .761 OPS, 43.3% CS – Career .768 OPS and 38.7% CS
Nieves – .741 OPS, 15.0% CS – Career .572 OPS and 23.3% CS
Laird – .723 OPS, 22.2% CS – Career .663 OPS and 35.9% CS
Martin (No chance)
Torrealba – .635 OPS, 22.2% CS – Career .703 OPS and 29.7% CS
Who is your choice to go after in Free Agency to replace Barajas?

By: Rob Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:21:00 +0000 I don’t really care who we bring in as long as it ins’t Barajas. no hit, no defense, brings nothing to the bottom line.
I am ready to go ahead and bring Tony Sanchez up to see what he has.
2013 Free Agent catcher list is scary!
Laird, Martin (Yanks will re-sign), Napoli (Might take a shot here), Nieves, Paulino (been there, done that), Quintero, Schneider, Shoppach, Torrealba.
I will do a little comparative analysis and see “who” might be able to bring something to the team.

By: Lee Young Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:56:00 +0000 I love AJ, but he has now lost 6 games in a row. Time to step up and be a stopper again, Mr Burnett! You can talk about run support in 3 of those losses, but at some point, our ace has to match or out pitch the other guy!

By: salempirate Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:31:00 +0000 Barmes will be back. He’s a $5.5 “investment” for next season.
The F.O. bean counters who claim Barajas is such a gem ought to be fired immediately. If he hitting 20-25 HRs, drawing some walks and the pitchers were among the league leaders in ERA he absolutely should be starting. He has said he’d come back, even take a paycut for next season.
Retirement home living with the Pirates for those who last a season is great.