Francisco Liriano Made $2 M in Performance Bonuses This Year
Sep22

Francisco Liriano Made $2 M in Performance Bonuses This Year

While writing last night’s First Pitch, I took a moment to see what Francisco Liriano’s restructured deal actually paid him. Originally, Liriano signed a two-year, $12.75 M deal. After breaking his arm, the deal was restructured as a one year, $1 M deal with a lot of performance bonuses. Last night I was reminded that Liriano has reached a lot of those bonuses this season. Last year we learned the details of...

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Can the Pirates Lock Down Home Field in the Wild Card Game?
Sep22

Can the Pirates Lock Down Home Field in the Wild Card Game?

Playoff projections are a funny thing.¬†Early in the season, they can disagree with the standings completely, projecting something totally different to happen. As the season gets closer to an end, the projections become more obvious, pretty much reflecting the current standings exactly. That’s the case that we have today. When I posted the last update on Friday, the Pirates were one of five playoff contenders, but ranked fifth in...

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First Pitch: Pittsburgh Has Become a Prime Destination For Bounce Back Pitchers
Sep22

First Pitch: Pittsburgh Has Become a Prime Destination For Bounce Back Pitchers

On Saturday night, Edinson Volquez pitched a gem, throwing seven shutout innings with three hits, three walks, and six strikeouts. That lowered his season ERA to 3.15 in 185.2 innings. Today, Vance Worley threw eight shutout innings, giving up four hits, no walks and striking out five. His ERA was lowered to 2.93 in 104.1 innings. The recent success, combined with the season-long success raises a simple question: Why should the...

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First Pitch: Will Pedro Alvarez Have Any Trade Value This Off-Season?
Sep21

First Pitch: Will Pedro Alvarez Have Any Trade Value This Off-Season?

It’s safe to say that Pedro Alvarez’s stock in Pittsburgh is down, at least among Pirates fans. That may even be true for the organization as well. Alvarez has struggled this year at third base, leading to a move across the diamond to first. He has also seen a drop in his power numbers, which led to Josh Harrison and Ike Davis getting playing time over him. Despite the struggles, could Alvarez have some trade value to...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Russell Martin For MVP, and the Wild Card Game at PNC
Sep20

First Pitch: Thoughts on Russell Martin For MVP, and the Wild Card Game at PNC

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks¬†working on the stuff you don’t see on the site. Specifically I’ve been preparing for all of the arrangements for the upcoming playoff coverage, along with getting the 2015 Prospect Guide set up. As I discovered last year, when the team you cover makes the playoffs, it can eliminate about a third of the time you have to work on the book. With instructs starting this week, I...

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