Comments on: First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Future With the Pirates Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:03:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: jlease717 Sat, 08 Dec 2012 00:54:07 +0000 Grilli can embrace the suck with the best of them.

By: IC Bob Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:29:30 +0000 I hope your right. Locke doesn’t give me much confidence. McPherson has a shoulder issue and those tend to be really bad. I just saw Brandon McCarthy get 15.5 mil for two years. I really get the feeling we may see Mazzaro out of spring training in the rotation. I just have a bad vibe about what we are attempting.

What I would like to see the Bucs do is shock the world and take a big chance on Hamilton with 5 years 100 million. What a difference he would make for the team as well as the phych of the city. Then you would have players wanting to come to Pittsburgh because their would be a genuine chance of winning.

Then I would be really OK with dumping Hanny an I would be suggesting an extension for Huntington.

By: leadoff Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:06:31 +0000 There are about 15 teams looking for ST pitchers right now, most of them are going to take a gamble on someone, what is nice about the Pirate situation is those two rookies they have can make this team in ST and probably will as starters or relief, they have as much talent as most 4’s or 5’s in a rotation, the reason they are looking around is for security, a guy like Capuano would be security, nothing else. IMO, any pitcher is a gamble. They have not lost Karstens yet, he is a typical pitcher that will go after the top of the crop goes.
The Pirates are in a better place right now than they where at this place last year.

By: IC Bob Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:15:00 +0000 The question is what do the Bucs do with the 7 million if they trade Hanrahan? We let Kartens go. Their is no way we get a good stater in return. We maybe could get Capuano but is he really any good? My fear is we trade Hanrahan for a C prospect and we bring in 3 more cheap retreads for starters. Then we throw all of our apples into the Grilli basket and we find out he either gets injured (big time history here) or just reverts back to what he use to be. If that happens we are stuck with a 9 million dollar two year deal and a team that blows 9th inning leads routinely. If I thought we would spend the 7 million wisely then I could be all in on trading Hanny but I will not believe it until I see it.

By: Lee Young Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:47:30 +0000 suDDen


too much of a hurry this morn.

By: Lee Young Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:46:59 +0000 lots of truth in what you just said.

I wonder if their ‘suden’ success the last two years have thrown them for a loop.

Btw, in my post above, it’s “when ARE we gonna”

I hate grammatical mistakes….

By: leadoff Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:23:16 +0000 I don’t know where “Great” comes from, the Pirates don’t say that, they say they have a much improved farm from when they took over in 2007 and they do.
The problem with minor league players is the transition time, the Pirates have reached a level that they may not know how to handle. Minor league players generally take 3 to 4 years to adjust to the majors, the Pirates want to contend this year, that puts them in a tough spot when thinking about promoting players. Guys like Mercer, D’Arnaud, Sanchez and several pitchers need time in the majors to adjust, the Pirates don’t really have that time available right now. It is a fine line right now.

By: Lee Young Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:45:28 +0000 I mean “WE will be fine”.

By: Lee Young Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:44:50 +0000 Rebel….I WISH Sheff had something left…lol

Closers: Remember Bill Landrum, Gott, Williams, etc. None of them had experience closing. I think current day managers over emphasize it.

As long as Grilli doesn’t lose his stuff, I will be fine.

By: Lee Young Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:41:28 +0000 I agree…when our we gonna trust that ‘great’ AAA depth.

I’d rather see Locke/Fearsome out there instead of ‘5th starter retreads’.