Vazquez out?

Surprising news from Dejan Kovacevic today: Ramon Vazquez thinks he might be gone from the Pirates once the regular season begins. I think it’s safe to say that most of us assumed Vazquez would make the team due to his $2 M salary this year, and that the only way to avoid Vazquez taking up a bench spot would be if another team traded for him, or in the seemingly unlikely event that the Pirates released him and ate his contract....

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Notes: Injuries, International Prospects, Aure, 2010 Draft

A few notes from today: -Dejan Kovacevic reports that three prospects will be out until mid-season.  Those prospects are Brett Lorin (hip surgery), Colton Cain (minor back surgery), and Zach Fuesser (broken finger).  Lorin is the biggest loss in my opinion, mostly because I didn’t expect Cain to pitch that much until mid-season, kind of like the approach we saw from Quinton Miller last year.  Fuesser is more of a...

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Spring Training Live Blog: Pirates vs Orioles

<p><a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php?option=com_mobile&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=3b2e77b513″ >Pirates vs Orioles – 7:05...

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Demoting Jeff Clement to AAA

I want to preface this by saying that I don’t place much value on Spring Training numbers.  There are some stats that can provide encouragement, such as John Raynor’s high batting average, and Garrett Jones hitting two homers in his first 15 at-bats.  There are some stats that cause you to worry, such as Kevin Hart’s four walks in one inning.  I’d classify Jeff Clement’s 1-for-13...

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 3/8

A year ago today, Dustin Ackley was hitting for a very impressive .341/.482/.455 line in 44 at-bats, although he was hardly considered one of the top prospects in the draft.  That’s because he had yet to homer once in those 44 at-bats.  Over his next five games, Ackley went 13-for-21 with five homers, boosting him to the top of the draft class, where he would remain the rest of the season.  This past weekend we...

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