Pirates Send Buddy Borden to the Rays to Complete the Sean Rodriguez Deal
Dec12

Pirates Send Buddy Borden to the Rays to Complete the Sean Rodriguez Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded right-handed pitcher Buddy Borden to the Tampa Bay Rays to complete the Sean Rodriguez trade. We had Borden ranked 13th overall in our upcoming prospect guide. He pitched for Low-A West Virginia this year, where he had a 3.16 ERA in 126 innings, with 122 strikeouts, a 1.18 WHIP and a .220 BAA. The 22-year-old was a seventh round draft pick of the Pirates in 2013 out of UNLV. His player page can be...

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First Pitch: Have the Pirates Filled All of Their Needs Already?
Dec12

First Pitch: Have the Pirates Filled All of Their Needs Already?

Today might have wrapped up one of the most busy Winter Meetings I can remember. Normally on a Thursday, things have died down, the Rule 5 draft takes place, and it’s all over. This morning there were a wave of transactions that almost made you think the general managers wouldn’t make it for the draft. The Pirates didn’t have an active day. They didn’t select anyone at all in the draft, and lost three players....

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Pedro Alvarez Mentioned as a First Base Possibility For the Marlins
Dec11

Pedro Alvarez Mentioned as a First Base Possibility For the Marlins

Jon Heyman had a list of first base possibilities for the Miami Marlins, with Pedro Alvarez being one of four names on the list. from last night: marlins 1b possibilities have included justin morneau, mark trumbo, pedro alvarez, michael morse — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2014 Alvarez is currently the first base option for the Pirates, and if they traded him, they would need to find a replacement. They could...

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Pirates Lose Andy Oliver and Two Others in the Rule 5 Draft
Dec11

Pirates Lose Andy Oliver and Two Others in the Rule 5 Draft

The Rule 5 draft is today at noon EST, and is usually the last big event of the Winter Meetings. I’m not sure that will be the case this year, since this has been a very active week, and there have been a lot of transactions this morning. Either way, the Dodgers will have to briefly abandon their plan of trading with every single MLB club at noon as all of the teams get together for the draft. For those of you who are unfamiliar...

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First Pitch: Breaking Down the Antonio Bastardo Deal, and a Story on Joely Rodriguez
Dec11

First Pitch: Breaking Down the Antonio Bastardo Deal, and a Story on Joely Rodriguez

A little over four years ago I was driving up to Williamsport, PA on September 3rd, 2010. The minor league season was wrapping up, and I was finishing my second season running this site, and the first season where it was more of an overall look of the organization, rather than a close look at the Lynchburg Hillcats (who moved away to Bradenton that year) and a not-so-close look at every other level. I had this crazy idea to write a...

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