The Top 10 Choices For the Pirates’ New Minor League Team Name in Morgantown
Oct10

The Top 10 Choices For the Pirates’ New Minor League Team Name in Morgantown

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be moving their NYPL affiliate from Jamestown to Morgantown next year, playing in the new baseball stadium that will be built for West Virginia University. So far, the team doesn’t have a name, but that will change soon. The Morgantown franchise released the ten finalists for the team name. You can vote on that name until Friday, October 17th at 5 PM by going here. Below are the names, along with some...

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First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances
Oct10

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances

I was going to write about Russell Martin tonight, and more specifically, how the Pittsburgh Pirates can easily afford Martin in the future. I detailed the short-term of this subject earlier in the week, noting that there is plenty of room on the 2015 payroll to sign Martin. But what about beyond that? One thing that is going to help the Pirates keep their payroll low in future years will be their top ranked farm system. That system...

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First Pitch: What Are the Pirates’ Needs This Off-Season?
Oct09

First Pitch: What Are the Pirates’ Needs This Off-Season?

By the end of the month, we’ll be getting a good idea of who will be available as free agents, and who might make sense for the Pittsburgh Pirates. We don’t have to wait until then to see the off-season needs for this team. I’ve been prepping for the off-season this week, looking at the projected payroll, projected 25-man roster, and some of the biggest team needs. Here is a rundown of the biggest needs that would...

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First Pitch: Why There Should Be No Issues Giving Qualifying Offers to Martin and Liriano
Oct08

First Pitch: Why There Should Be No Issues Giving Qualifying Offers to Martin and Liriano

The AP released the information today that a qualifying offer in 2015 will be worth $15.3 M (via MLBTR). That’s up from the $14.1 M figure last year. A qualifying offer is made to departing free agents, and is made within five days of the end of the World Series. If a player accepts the offer, he receives that amount on a one year deal. If he rejects the offer, his former team is eligible for a compensation pick after the first...

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An Early Look at the Pirates’ 2015 Payroll Shows Plenty of Room For Russell Martin
Oct07

An Early Look at the Pirates’ 2015 Payroll Shows Plenty of Room For Russell Martin

Today I finished putting together the 2015 40-man payroll page, which will be updated throughout the off-season, and in to the regular season. Bookmark that link, as I’ll be updating the chart after every move throughout the off-season. The chart provides an estimate ¬†of the year-end 2015 payroll, which will definitely change throughout the off-season. Right now the estimate is made up of three things. First we have the...

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