Spring Training Battles: Third Base

It’s hard to call the third base position a “battle”, especially since the Pirates have pretty much said that Andy LaRoche will get the first shot over Neil Walker. So there really is not much to talk about, except maybe “are the Pirates making the right call giving LaRoche the first shot?” One could point to the horrible results that LaRoche has shown in the majors thus far (.184/.286/.272 in 316 major...

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Spring Training Battles: Backup Catcher

After the breakout season Ryan Doumit had last year, and after Doumit’s extension this off-season, the starting catcher position is locked up for the next three to five years. That still leaves a battle for the backup position, mostly between two players the Pirates have brought in from other organizations in the last year. While the Pirates currently have four catchers remaining in camp, Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz are...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

NOTES: 1. All salaries in bold are official.2. All ages are as of the start of the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates season.3. The 2009 payroll estimate includes a $1 M buyout for Matt Morris.4. Donald Veal is a Rule 5 pick from the Cubs. In order to make the team, he has to remain on the major league roster all season. If the Pirates decide at any point not to keep him on the major league roster, he must be offered back to the Cubs for...

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Pirates cut four players

DK at the PPG reports that the Pirates have cut four players from the major league Spring Training roster. Those players are: -Reliever Romulo Sanchez (optioned to the minors, he is on his last option year)-Reliever Daniel Haigwood-Catcher Miguel Perez-Shortstop Pedro Lopez The Pirates now have 53 players in camp, and I project in my Spring Training Tracker that they have seven roster spots...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Database

In my attempt to build a draft database for the Pirates, I felt it was appropriate to date back to the last draft where the Pirates picked a Hall of Fame player. Unfortunately for me, that was the 1985 draft where they selected Barry Bonds in the first round. Even worse, the results since then have been depressing. If you ever had a doubt as to why the Pirates are in the mess they are in, take 15 minutes and check out this draft...

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