Pirates Release 2015 Schedule
Sep08

Pirates Release 2015 Schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released their 2015 schedule, which can be seen below. The opening series will be in Cincinnati, followed by the home opener against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, April 13th. The Pirates will also host the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago White Sox, and the Cleveland Indians. They will visit Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, and Minnesota. From a playoff and division standpoint, they don’t play the Cardinals...

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Pirates Release Ernesto Frieri
Sep08

Pirates Release Ernesto Frieri

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right-handed pitcher Ernesto Frieri, according to Matt Eddy’s minor league transactions on Baseball America. Frieri was outrighted to Triple-A last month after struggling with the Pirates. If he would have declined his outright assignment, he would have given up the remainder of his $3.8 M salary. Now that the Pirates have released him, he is guaranteed that salary, which is no different than...

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First Pitch: Are the Pirates Limited to the Second Wild Card Spot?
Sep08

First Pitch: Are the Pirates Limited to the Second Wild Card Spot?

The Pittsburgh Pirates won today, putting them half a game up for the second Wild Card spot. Earlier this week I wrote about how the Pirates aren’t out of the playoffs, although they’re probably confined to the second Wild Card spot, and not in a good position to make a long run. In the playoff odds series, I looked at how they were still in this, thanks to a weak second Wild Card race. They are now leading that race. So...

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First Pitch: How Much Did the Pirates’ Payroll Increase in 2014?
Sep07

First Pitch: How Much Did the Pirates’ Payroll Increase in 2014?

Today I updated the 2014 40-man roster and payroll page, adding all of the moves from the September call-ups. Typically, these are the final moves that need to be added to get a payroll estimate for the year. There’s a chance that the Pirates could call up more players, or acquire help for the stretch in September via a waiver claim, but that wouldn’t lead to a massive increase. When it comes to a payroll range for the...

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First Pitch: Why You Never Really Give Up On Prospects
Sep06

First Pitch: Why You Never Really Give Up On Prospects

There are a lot of stories in the minor leagues that are pretty standard. You’ll have guys like Gerrit Cole who are drafted as top prospects, perform well in their minor league careers, and go on to become big leaguers, as expected. There will be some surprise breakout prospects like Gregory Polanco and Tyler Glasnow, where the individual performances are a bit of a surprise, but the overall strategy of “find enough...

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