First Pitch: One of the Busiest Days of the Off-Season For Transactions
Nov20

First Pitch: One of the Busiest Days of the Off-Season For Transactions

The off-season is full of transactions, but in most cases, you never know when those transactions might take place. That’s not the case today. Today¬†is one of about three or four days during the off-season where you know that a specific team is going to be making a transaction. It’s the day to protect players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster. I wrote about the decisions the Pirates will...

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Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?
Nov19

Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?

Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to protect players from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, the basic rundown is that players are eligible to be selected by another team in their fourth or fifth Rule 5 draft (depending on when they signed), unless they are added to the 40-man roster. If a player was 18 or younger in his signing year, he is eligible for his fifth Rule 5 draft. A player who is 19 and...

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First Pitch: Finding the Second Left-Hander For the Pirates Bullpen
Nov19

First Pitch: Finding the Second Left-Hander For the Pirates Bullpen

I was thinking about the need for the Pittsburgh Pirates to add a second left-hander to their bullpen this afternoon on two different occasions. The first was when Zach Duke signed a three-year deal for $15 M with the Chicago White Sox. The Pirates later announced a bunch of minor league signings, with one of them being left-hander Jeremy Bleich. These are two ends of the spectrum. On one side, there’s Duke, who is coming off a...

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Pirates Aren’t Currently in on Justin Masterson
Nov18

Pirates Aren’t Currently in on Justin Masterson

I thought this was noteworthy since Justin Masterson is my favorite out of the bounce back pitchers who are available this off-season. Bill Brink says that the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t currently one of the teams who have checked in on the right-hander. #Pirates are not currently among the dozen or so teams that have checked in on Justin Masterson, according to his agent. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) November 18, 2014 This...

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Pirates Announce Ten Minor League Free Agent Signings
Nov18

Pirates Announce Ten Minor League Free Agent Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced ten minor league free agent signings. The following six players will receive¬†an invitation to Spring Training. RHP Collin Balester LHP Jeremy Bleich RHP Deolis Guerra RHP Brad Lincoln INF Gustavo Nunez RHP Blake Wood We heard about Lincoln today, and Balester has been known for a while. He spent the 2014 season rehabbing in the Pirates’ farm system. He’s had some time in the majors, putting...

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