First Pitch: Thoughts on Sean Rodriguez, First Base Platoon, Third Base, and Non-Tenders
Dec02

First Pitch: Thoughts on Sean Rodriguez, First Base Platoon, Third Base, and Non-Tenders

Today wasn’t an extremely busy day in terms of news for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But following the slow Thanksgiving break, and the slow week leading up to that break, today seemed like the Winter Meetings. The Pirates made two moves that impacted the MLB roster, announced the signings of three minor league free agents, and a rumor had them making Francisco Liriano a priority. Here are some quick thoughts on the impacts of each...

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Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez, DFA Gaby Sanchez
Dec01

Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez, DFA Gaby Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired second baseman Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40 man roster, the Pirates have designated Gaby Sanchez for assignment. Rodriguez is coming off a year where he posted a .701 OPS. That is in line with his previous numbers, although his average and OBP both dropped from where they were in 2013, while his...

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First Pitch: Pirates 2015 Payroll Could Be Over $90 M, Which Should Be No Surprise
Nov28

First Pitch: Pirates 2015 Payroll Could Be Over $90 M, Which Should Be No Surprise

One of the biggest topics among Pittsburgh Pirates fans is the team payroll. For some, it’s an unavoidable topic due to their market size, but not the main part of the conversation. For others, it’s the conversation, to the point that it seems like all you need to build a winner is spending X amount. Either way, the topic of payroll is news when it comes to the Pirates. Dejan Kovacevic has the latest updates on his site,...

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MLB Minimum Salary to Increase in 2015
Nov26

MLB Minimum Salary to Increase in 2015

MLB’s minimum salary will increase in 2015 from $500,000 to $507,500, according to Michael Baron. #MLB minimum salary will rise from $500k to $507,500 in 2015. They call that a cost of living adjustment. — Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) November 26, 2014 As Baron notes, the difference represents a cost of living adjustment. The latest Collective Bargaining agreement had the minimum at $480,000 in 2012 (going up from...

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First Pitch: Why Has This Been a Quiet Off-Season For the Pirates?
Nov26

First Pitch: Why Has This Been a Quiet Off-Season For the Pirates?

In baseball, a slow off-season is the norm. The off-season is called the hot stove season because it resembles water heating up. You turn on the burners, then you wait. And you wait. Then you see a few bubbles. Then suddenly, the water is boiling and you’re ready to go. It feels like the Pirates have had a slow off-season thus far. No, it hasn’t been slow in the sense that they haven’t made any moves. Aside from all...

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