Life After Lester: What is Next For the Pirates?
Jul31

Life After Lester: What is Next For the Pirates?

The Boston Red Sox traded Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics today, getting Yoenis Cespedes in return. It’s hard to see the Pittsburgh Pirates being able to match that price. There are still other starting pitchers on the market, although with the high prices Oakland has paid for Jeff Samardzija and Lester, the odds of the Pirates landing a starter seem small. They’d probably have to pay a ton for one of the remaining...

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Jon Lester Traded to Oakland For Yoenis Cespedes
Jul31

Jon Lester Traded to Oakland For Yoenis Cespedes

Jeff Passan reports that Jon Lester has been traded. The team is unknown at the moment. Source: Jon Lester has been traded. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014 Updates to come. UPDATE 9:42 AM: Passan says Lester is going to a West Coast team. Lester going to a team on the West Coast. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014 So I think it’s safe to say we can rule out the Pirates, unless the report is wrong. My...

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First Pitch: Hoarding Prospects or Just a Good Grasp of Reality?
Jul31

First Pitch: Hoarding Prospects or Just a Good Grasp of Reality?

This is one of my favorite times of the year. For the past four years, it has been the same thing¬†over and over. The Pirates have been at various stages of contending, and the trade rumors begin. The Pirates are mentioned as buyers. Inevitably, there’s a rumor that would have the Pirates potentially dealing a top prospect to get a rental for anywhere from two months to 14 months. And that always leads to the same debates about...

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Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Homers, Nick Kingham Has Another Rough Start
Jul31

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Homers, Nick Kingham Has Another Rough Start

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ¬†Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Latest Jon Lester Rumors: Pirates and Cardinals Pushing the Hardest
Jul30

Latest Jon Lester Rumors: Pirates and Cardinals Pushing the Hardest

Jon Lester won’t be making his start today, as we learned last night he would be scratched in anticipation for a trade. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the mix, but the cost is going to be high. I wrote about that cost last night, while also looking at some players who could be given up for Lester. Here are the latest rumors on Lester, with updates throughout the day. Buster Olney says that the NL Central teams are just as...

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