First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate
Nov12

First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how Chris Stewart would be the best option for the Pittsburgh Pirates at catcher if Russell Martin leaves as a free agent. The idea that Martin will leave seems likely. He’s reportedly looking for a five-year deal at $75-80 M, which is close to Brian McCann money (5 years, $85 M). I’m not even sure if Brian McCann deserved Brian McCann money. If that is the price (and it might be...

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Cardinals Sign Dean Anna to a Major League Deal
Nov11

Cardinals Sign Dean Anna to a Major League Deal

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Dean Anna to a Major League deal, according to Chad Jennings of LoHud.com (h/t MLBTR). Anna was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2014 season, after spending some time in the majors with the New York Yankees. He can play shortstop, second, and third base, and has received good grades for his defense. He also has good numbers in his time at Triple-A, posting a .296/.385/.432...

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Pirates Acquire Right-Handed Pitcher Rob Scahill From the Rockies
Nov11

Pirates Acquire Right-Handed Pitcher Rob Scahill From the Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right-handed pitcher Rob Scahill from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Shane Carle. Scahill was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week. Scahill has pitched 57 innings in the majors, all in relief, over the last three seasons. In that time he has a 4.42 ERA and a 4.56 xFIP, along with a 5.5 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9. I’m guessing the Pirates like the stuff, with...

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First Pitch: Pirates Could Have 3 of the Top 32 Picks, Plus $9 M to Spend in 2015 Draft
Nov11

First Pitch: Pirates Could Have 3 of the Top 32 Picks, Plus $9 M to Spend in 2015 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t had much experience with free agent compensation picks in the last 20+ years. They got a pick for Ryan Doumit leaving in 2012. Prior to that, their last supplemental picks were in the 1993 draft, which they received for the departures of Barry Bonds and Doug Drabek. That was all under an old system. The new CBA, which went into effect three years ago, changed the process of receiving comp picks for...

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Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin Reject Qualifying Offers
Nov10

Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin Reject Qualifying Offers

We’re now less than half an hour away from the deadline for decisions on the qualifying offers, and it looks like Francisco Liriano has decided to reject his offer from the Pirates, according to Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com. Francisco Liriano will reject the $15.3 million qualifying offer from the #Pirates, per league source. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) November 10, 2014 The #Pirates have not been informed on...

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