Russell Martin Meets With the Cubs, Talking to Four Teams
Nov07

Russell Martin Meets With the Cubs, Talking to Four Teams

Bruce Levine reports that Russell Martin met with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, and that the catcher is talking with four clubs. The Cubs met with free agent Russell Martin and his agent on Thursday . Russell talking with four clubs . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 7, 2014 Earlier in the week we heard that the Cubs would be going after Martin. The Pirates are probably one of the four clubs Levine mentions. I’m...

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Gomez, Axford, and d’Arnaud Headline the List of Pirates 2014 Minor League Free Agents
Nov07

Gomez, Axford, and d’Arnaud Headline the List of Pirates 2014 Minor League Free Agents

Baseball America has released their list of minor league free agents today, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having the following players who declared free agency: RHP: John Axford (AAA), Jake Brigham (AAA), Emmanuel De Leon (AA), Jeanmar Gomez (AAA), Kenn Kasparek (AA), Josh Kinney (AAA), Kyle McPherson (AAA), Quinton Miller (AA), Wirfin Obispo (AAA), Josh Wall (AAA) LHP: Rafael Perez (AAA), Jhonathan Ramos (AA), Adam Wilk (AAA) C: Nevin...

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First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base
Nov07

First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base

A few weeks ago I wrote about the first base platoon, asking which players should stick around for the platoon in 2015. The Pittsburgh Pirates saw all of their internal options have down years in 2014, with Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez, and Pedro Alvarez all struggling at the plate. Based on the career numbers, a platoon of Davis and Sanchez would be the best internal option. However, this would also cost around $7 M, which is getting...

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First Pitch: The Process of Ranking Every Pirates Prospect
Nov06

First Pitch: The Process of Ranking Every Pirates Prospect

Today I finished putting together the first draft of the 2015 Pirates top 50 prospect list. The top 50 list is exclusive to the 2015 Prospect Guide, which you can currently pre-order on the products page of the site. As a result of this, plus getting the formatting of the book completed, I don’t really have an article topic tonight. So I thought I’d go into detail on the process of ranking prospects for the books, where we...

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Pirates Announce Major League Coaching Staff Changes
Nov05

Pirates Announce Major League Coaching Staff Changes

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced three coaching changes today, although none of them were the addition of a new bench coach. The Pirates switched Rick Sofield and Nick Leyva, moving Leyva to being the first base coach, and switching Sofield from first base to the third base coach. Leyva remains as the infield coach, and Sofield is still the outfield-baserunning coach. The Pirates also added Brad Fischer to the Major League staff. No...

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