First Pitch: Is Justin Sellers the New Clint Barmes?
Oct26

First Pitch: Is Justin Sellers the New Clint Barmes?

Today was a busy day of moves for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations, then designated John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez for assignment (clearing spots on the 40-man roster for Sellers and Charlie Morton, who was reinstated from the DL). The moves to DFA Axford and Gomez don’t amount to much. They were both heading for arbitration, and I had them both...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates
Oct25

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates

Matt Swartz at MLBTR has been producing some very accurate arbitration estimates over the last three seasons. His estimates for the Pittsburgh Pirates just came out recently, in an off-season preview that was written by Charlie at Bucs Dugout. Below are the MLBTR arbitration estimates: Gaby Sanchez, 1B (5.025): $2.7MM Neil Walker, 2B (4.166): $8.6MM Ike Davis, 1B (4.155): $4.4MM Mark Melancon, RP (4.098): $7.6MM Travis Snider, OF...

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First Pitch: Who Are the Best Reclamation Starting Pitchers For the 2015 Season?
Oct24

First Pitch: Who Are the Best Reclamation Starting Pitchers For the 2015 Season?

Over the last few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten a lot of value on the pitching market. They added A.J. Burnett for two years, Francisco Liriano for two years, Edinson Volquez for a year, Vance Worley for the 2014 season plus four more years of control, and several other relievers for small costs. The combined cost for Burnett, Liriano, Volquez, and Worley was just under $30 M. The four pitchers combined for 164 starts with...

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2014 Recaps: The Fall and Rise of the 2014 Pirates Rotation
Oct23

2014 Recaps: The Fall and Rise of the 2014 Pirates Rotation

The results from the 2013 season gave some hope for the 2014 rotation. At the end of the year, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked like they had three top of the rotation guys in Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and A.J. Burnett. During the off-season, they didn’t bring back Burnett, and instead went for Edinson Volquez. As a result, there was a lot of fan backlash to the set of moves, with Pirates fans wanting Burnett back, and...

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Starling Marte and Russell Martin Named Gold Glove Finalists
Oct23

Starling Marte and Russell Martin Named Gold Glove Finalists

Rawlings has announced their Gold Glove finalists, naming three players at each position in the AL and NL. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two finalists, with Starling Marte and Russell Martin being named finalists at their respective positions. This is the second year in a row that Marte and Martin were named as finalists. Last year Andrew McCutchen was also named a finalist, although he didn’t make the cut this year in center...

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