The Rumors About the Marlins Being Interested in Pedro Alvarez Can Be Put to Rest
Dec16

The Rumors About the Marlins Being Interested in Pedro Alvarez Can Be Put to Rest

Throughout the off-season, Neal Huntington has said that Pedro Alvarez will be the starting first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Meanwhile, there have been some rumors about how the Pirates could still trade him. A specific rumor came up last week, saying the Pirates and Marlins discussed an Alvarez-for-Nathan Eovaldi deal. That deal sounded too good to be true. Eovaldi has amazing stuff, with one of the hardest fastballs in the...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond
Dec16

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day.¬†Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it out for the final spot. Beyond those six pitchers,...

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Francisco Liriano’s Contract Details
Dec15

Francisco Liriano’s Contract Details

Jon Heyman has the breakdown of Francisco Liriano’s contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. liriano: $2M sign bonus $11M in '15, $13M in '16, $13M in '17. award bonuses (incl high 325K for cy young) #bucs #bucks — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 15, 2014 I’ve updated the 2015 payroll page with the new totals. The big change was bumping Liriano down from $13 M in 2015, and adding his signing bonus, which...

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First Pitch: You Can’t Say the Pirates Aren’t Focused on Winning in 2015
Dec13

First Pitch: You Can’t Say the Pirates Aren’t Focused on Winning in 2015

In the past few years, there have been questions about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ commitment to winning. There have been complaints that the Pirates aren’t acting like a winning team, and aren’t making moves a winning team should make. Complaints that the Pirates are focused too much on the future, and not enough on the now. Complaints that they’re wasting Andrew McCutchen’s prime years, or that...

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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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