The Trade Deadline Doesn’t Really Change Playoff Odds
Aug01

The Trade Deadline Doesn’t Really Change Playoff Odds

On Wednesday, I took a look at the NL playoff odds, to get a snapshot of how the National League contenders looked before the trade deadline. Today we’ll take a look at how each team has improved since then. One note I’ll add before we look at the changes is that these also reflect what has happened over the last two days. For example, the Pirates lost two games, with one of them coming against the Giants, who are big...

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First Pitch: How Do August Waiver Trades Work?
Aug01

First Pitch: How Do August Waiver Trades Work?

Today the trade deadline passed, and for the second year in a row the Pirates didn’t make a move. The deadline was a strange one, as the majority of the trades that were made featured Major League talent going for Major League talent, rather than prospects for established players. While the Pirates didn’t make any moves at the deadline, they will look internally for some upgrades. A big misconception in the past is that...

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Pirates Can Turn to Waiver Trades, But Expect Most Help to Come From Within
Jul31

Pirates Can Turn to Waiver Trades, But Expect Most Help to Come From Within

The 2014 trade deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates was a big serving of déjà vu. The Pirates were linked to a lot of players, including two of the top starting pitchers on the market, but in the end the only move they made was a minor one that will have no impact on the majors. Last year they added Robert Andino in a minor league trade. This year they claimed Angel Sanchez from the Chicago White Sox. The comparisons might not end...

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David Price Traded to the Tigers
Jul31

David Price Traded to the Tigers

There were a lot of questions about whether the Rays would deal David Price today. Joel Sherman reports that they’ve decided to deal Price before the deadline. Been told #Rays are definitely moving Price — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2014 Ken Rosenthal says that the Dodgers have been in talks for Price, and that top prospect Joc Pederson is in play. He also says that the Pirates had been discussing him as of this...

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Andrew Miller Traded to the Orioles
Jul31

Andrew Miller Traded to the Orioles

The Pirates had been linked to Andrew Miller, along with several other left-handed relievers, leading up to the deadline. Miller was just dealt to the Orioles, according to Jerry Crasnick. Andrew Miller is being traded to #orioles, says source. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 31, 2014 The return was pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, who was the number three prospect in Baltimore’s system, according to Baseball...

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