Pittsburgh Pirates 2009 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

I’ll be using this thread leading up to, and throughout, the Rule 5 draft in order to provide the most recent rumors on who the Pirates may take, as well as who the Pirates could lose.  Once the draft begins, I’ll update the thread with any results that pertain to the Pirates’ organization.  Keep checking back.  The 2009 Rule 5 draft begins at 9:00 AM. – 10:15 AM: It doesn’t look like the...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Who to take in the Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates pick second in the 2009 Rule 5 draft, which is today at 9:00 AM.  With an open spot on the roster, it’s pretty much confirmed that the Pirates will make a selection, which is good considering how much time I’ve spent researching the Rule 5 draft over the last few weeks. Of course that wasn’t for nothing, as the site has seen more people this week (and I’m talking about three days,...

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The starting pitching market isn't hurting

Someday in the future when I have kids I’m going to focus on teaching them one thing: the art of pitching.  Forget riding bikes, homework, and how to mow the yard (well, maybe not that last part, I’m fine with them taking over those duties), they need to become pitchers.  I’ll stress that because it seems like the starting pitching market is recession proof. Coming in to the off-season we heard a lot of...

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40-Man Roster/Payroll Updates

A few updates regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 2010 40-Man roster/payroll projection: -According to Dejan Kovacevic, Bobby Crosby will make $1 M guaranteed in 2010, with $500 K in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.  I wonder if we’ll have another plate appearances controversy in the blogs and forums like we saw with Freddy Sanchez last year every time he was benched?  Crosby’s deal will be...

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Matt Capps, Bobby Crosby, Rule 5, John Russell

A few tidbits from Dejan Kovacevic at the PPG: -In John Russell’s press conference, he mentions that Matt Capps is the closer.  Hopefully this means Capps will be retained going in to next season.  I realize fans are down on him right now (which is expected for a closer coming off such a horrible year), but Capps is only a year removed from a 3.02 ERA in 53.2 innings as the closer in 2008, which followed a 2.28 ERA in...

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