Looking back at the Nate McLouth Trade

Of all the trades that have been made in the last two years, the one that comes as the biggest surprise was the Nate McLouth trade. We knew that the Pirates were shopping Jason Bay and Xavier Nady in 2008. We knew that the Pirates were shopping Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, and Adam LaRoche in 2009. At the same time you could figure that a McLouth trade was in the future plans, especially with Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata in the...

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BUCCO Fans.com Wiki

I’ve been working on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki site for the past week and have some of it online already. Rather than wait until I finish it all, I’m just going to link to it now. I’ll be updating it frequently over the next few weeks, and hope to have everything done soon. For now there’s a lot of useful information in the Pirates Player Information section, including schedules of when players are arbitration...

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Positional Breakdowns: Catcher

The catching position is one of the few positions the Pittsburgh Pirates have that is set near the majors, and short on talent in the lower levels. Of course, that’s a problem a lot of teams wouldn’t mind having. Ryan Doumit leads the way as the starter, with Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz serving as backups. Jaramillo and Diaz showed their ability to handle the catching position in the majors this year by filling in...

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Pedro Alvarez is the top Eastern League prospect

Baseball America released their 2009 Eastern League top 20 rankings, home of the Altoona Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ class AA affiliate. Topping the list was top Pirates prospect Pedro Alvarez, who ranked third in the Carolina League rankings earlier in the week. Alvarez took the top spot mostly due to his success in AA, which came as a surprise, despite his top prospect status. Alvarez struggled in Lynchburg, then received a...

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Looking back at the smaller trades

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made no shortage of deals in the two years Neal Huntington has been the General Manager of the team. In those two years, many of the deals have involved major players, like Jason Bay, Xavier Nady, and Freddy Sanchez. The returns have brought back top prospects like Andy LaRoche, Jose Tabata, and Tim Alderson. There have also been several minor deals made by the Pirates which haven’t sent away a major...

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