Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Makes Debut, Stolmy Pimentel Throws Gem
Nov27

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Makes Debut, Stolmy Pimentel Throws Gem

Three days worth of winter ball below, as the first two days this week were slow. Action picked up Wednesday, as Stolmy Pimentel had his second straight strong outing and Joely Rodriguez made his winter debut. Monday’s Action In the only game in the Dominican on Monday, Gustavo Nunez went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts. Two other players that spent time in the Pirates organization in 2014, also played in the same game....

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MLB Minimum Salary to Increase in 2015
Nov26

MLB Minimum Salary to Increase in 2015

MLB’s minimum salary will increase in 2015 from $500,000 to $507,500, according to Michael Baron. #MLB minimum salary will rise from $500k to $507,500 in 2015. They call that a cost of living adjustment. — Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) November 26, 2014 As Baron notes, the difference represents a cost of living adjustment. The latest Collective Bargaining agreement had the minimum at $480,000 in 2012 (going up from...

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First Pitch: Why Has This Been a Quiet Off-Season For the Pirates?
Nov26

First Pitch: Why Has This Been a Quiet Off-Season For the Pirates?

In baseball, a slow off-season is the norm. The off-season is called the hot stove season because it resembles water heating up. You turn on the burners, then you wait. And you wait. Then you see a few bubbles. Then suddenly, the water is boiling and you’re ready to go. It feels like the Pirates have had a slow off-season thus far. No, it hasn’t been slow in the sense that they haven’t made any moves. Aside from all...

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Yhonathan Barrios Among Notable Rule 5 Players Available
Nov25

Yhonathan Barrios Among Notable Rule 5 Players Available

J.J. Cooper at Baseball America put together a list of the notable players available in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. No Pittsburgh Pirates players were among the top ten players available, but two got mentioned as notable options. Jose Tabata got mentioned based solely on his contract, while Yhonathan Barrios was among the hardest throwing pitchers that weren’t protected. Cooper mentions that Tabata has $8.5M left on his contract...

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First Pitch: It’s Time For Gaby Sanchez to Get Appreciated as a Good Platoon Player
Nov25

First Pitch: It’s Time For Gaby Sanchez to Get Appreciated as a Good Platoon Player

I took a break from working on the 2015 Prospect Guide today to respond to a question about whether Allen Craig would be a good replacement for Gaby Sanchez as the right-handed half of the first base platoon. My response was that Sanchez has been better in his career against lefties than Craig. My first mistake was even entering a discussion about Gaby Sanchez and saying something other than “Gaby Sanchez is the worst player...

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