Comments on: First Pitch: Will the Pirates Make Any More Moves? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-will-the-pirates-make-any-more-moves.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:33:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-will-the-pirates-make-any-more-moves.html#comment-24380 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:39:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46460#comment-24380 OK, one down – Reds just signed lefty Parra for $1 mil.

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By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-will-the-pirates-make-any-more-moves.html#comment-24368 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:18:13 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46460#comment-24368 I like the Jon Rauch suggestion earlier. Some others might work, like Manny Parra (assuming Hurdle can use LOOGYs the way they’re supposed to be used). On righties, maybe Brandon Lyon, Ramon Ramirez, Todd Coffey, Jose Contreras (day games only – has to be in bed by 9 :-), Joey Devine (take a chance?). And Kip Wells is still available (hah! – just wanted to make sure you were still reading).

Sounds like some bigger names, like Jose Valverde and K-Rod will stillbe able to grab some bigger money – not worth it for the Bucs.

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By: duckwoes http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-will-the-pirates-make-any-more-moves.html#comment-24367 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:05:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46460#comment-24367 I would like to see Brian Wilson signed to a a low base-salary, incentive laden one year deal. Don’t know that there would be any mutual interest, but I think it would be an intriguing prospect. I would agree with Rauch as a decent option as well

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By: meatygettingsaucy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-will-the-pirates-make-any-more-moves.html#comment-24366 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:15:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46460#comment-24366 Reports indicate Tabata is fully healthy and in much better shape, both of which were contributing factors to his lack of production last year.

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By: WTM http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-will-the-pirates-make-any-more-moves.html#comment-24365 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:04:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46460#comment-24365 Still waiting for the Jose Veras/Juan Cruz signing. Waldrop doesn’t qualify.

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By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-will-the-pirates-make-any-more-moves.html#comment-24364 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:49:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46460#comment-24364 They possibly could have “tweaked’ a few things (a lefty platoon catcher like Jaso or Kottaras or Corporan, a sell-high on Jones, etc.), but those may not have been worth the disruption, who knows.

I’m also going to assume/hope that Presley is on the bench, not Tabata – solves the added lefty bench bat and, frankly, most folks think Presley is in for a better year than Tabata anyway. Not sure what to do about the Tabata problem – not sure I can bear to watch him trot out another year like last year – so frustrating – too bad that he doesn’t really have any trade value.

Now that I’ve said that, it creates another problem, though – no righty platoon with Snider in RF, which I was hoping to see Sands slide into. If you keep Presley & Sands, it leaves you with 5 OFs and only 1 middle IF sub – probably not practical.

If you wanted to go with only 4 OF – I’m hoping for Sands, not Tabata – then BattlingBucs is right, one LH IF utility guy (not necessarily a LH, but someone who hits RHPs very well) would be ideal, and Kennedy’s a nice choice if he comes cheap.

Interesting – if you look on, say, Fangraphs for the middle IFs with the best splits against RHP last year, you’ll see Kennedy in the Top 25 (most of those guys are not available, obviously). The next two names immediately after his? Brock Holt and Ivan DeJesus (in smaller samples, of course).

Wouldn’t mind seeing a ST ‘wild-card’ surprise, like Ivan DeJesus pushing/bumping Harrison for that utility spot. Could be an added twist/tie-breaker if his splits against righties are perceived to be significantly better.

Otherwise, good assessment, Tim – starting to get excited now.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-will-the-pirates-make-any-more-moves.html#comment-24363 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:01:50 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46460#comment-24363 At this point, it looks like Tim has it nailed down.

I’m ready for some BASEBALL!!

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By: battlingbucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-will-the-pirates-make-any-more-moves.html#comment-24362 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:32:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46460#comment-24362 Pretty much agree with all that. I think we will see a RP brugh in on an NRI similar to Veras/Cruz of the last couple years. Maybe Jon Rauch makes some sense as that type although he doesn’t really get the Ks the Pirates seem to look for.

I would also like to see them look at Adam Kennedy. If we assume the Pirates bench will be McKenry, Sanchez, Tabata and two MI that means there are no lefties on the bench on days Jones and Snider both start which should be pretty much against every RH pitcher. Adding Kennedy would give the Pirates a decent LH bat on the bench and still allow them to keep the 2 IF model they seem to prefer for the bench.

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