A Preview of the 2015 Prospect Guide With a Look at Josh Bell’s Future
Dec23

A Preview of the 2015 Prospect Guide With a Look at Josh Bell’s Future

The 2015 Prospect Guide was released last week, featuring Josh Bell on the cover of the book. Bell was our 2014 Player of the Year, and profiles as the first baseman of the future in Pittsburgh, due to a lack of space in the outfield. He was also our number four prospect in the system in our top 50 rankings this year. For those of you who haven’t bought the Prospect Guide before, the book features profiles on every player in the...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench
Dec23

First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench

Back in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a horrible situation with their catchers. They used eight catchers in the majors that year, with Michael McKenry getting the most playing time, despite the fact that he was acquired for cash considerations, and was about the fifth or sixth option they went with. Other options included Matt Pagnozzi, Wyatt Toregas, and Dusty Brown, with the latter catching 78 innings. After that season, it...

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Pirates Win the Bidding For Korean Infielder Jung-Ho Kang
Dec22

Pirates Win the Bidding For Korean Infielder Jung-Ho Kang

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won the bidding for Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang, according to Jon Heyman. pirates won bidding for kang — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 22, 2014 MLBTR detailed the bidding last week, noting that Kang’s team was going to accept the bid. The link also mentions that the bid is approximately $5 M, and that Kang is seeking $5-6 M per year on a multi-year deal over four years. The Pirates now...

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Comparing Corey Hart and Gaby Sanchez
Dec21

Comparing Corey Hart and Gaby Sanchez

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Corey Hart for $2.5 M, with an additional $2.5 M in possible incentives. He will presumably play first base when left-handed pitchers are on the mound, but could also serve as a backup in the outfield. One of the things I noticed in response to the signing was the inevitable comparison to Gaby Sanchez, with some wondering why the Pirates got rid of Sanchez (who was due an estimated $2.7 M) just...

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Pirates Release Josh Lindblom, Who Will Go to Korea
Dec20

Pirates Release Josh Lindblom, Who Will Go to Korea

During the MLB Winter Meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Josh Lindblom off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. They designated him for assignment at the end of the week. There was also a report around the same time, saying that he had signed to play in Korea. Can confirm that RHP Josh Lindblom has signed with the Lotte Giants of KBO. 우투수 조시 린드블롬이 롯데와 계약을 하였습니다 #KBO — Sung-Min Kim (@sung_minkim) December 13, 2014 The MLB...

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