2013 Rule 5 Draft: Wei-Chung Wang Drafted by the Brewers
Dec12

2013 Rule 5 Draft: Wei-Chung Wang Drafted by the Brewers

The 2013 Rule 5 draft is underway, and the Pittsburgh Pirates surprisingly lost Wei-Chung Wang to the Milwaukee Brewers. The move wasn’t expected for the reason that Wang has only pitched as high as the GCL. It also wasn’t expected because Wang signed his contract in October 2011. Most players from the draft are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft. Wang wouldn’t have...

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First Pitch: How Much Do You Trust Ray Searage?
Dec12

First Pitch: How Much Do You Trust Ray Searage?

Several weeks ago I wrote an article titled “Why I Trust Neal Huntington“. In the article I pointed out that I don’t agree with all of the moves Huntington makes. I give my own opinion, then I try to put that opinion aside to try and see the logic from the other side of a deal. For the most part I accept that I have limited information and that Huntington has an entire organization working to provide him with tons of...

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Pirates in the Mix For Ike Davis
Dec11

Pirates in the Mix For Ike Davis

Jim Duquette reports that the Pirates are still in the mix for New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis, along with Tampa Bay and Milwaukee. Teams still in the mix for Ike Davis : Pitt, Milw, and Tampa – asking for a pitching prospect in return — Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) December 11, 2013 Those are the three teams actively seeking first base options. They’re all in on James Loney, although reports from all three...

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MLB to Ban Home Plate Collisions
Dec11

MLB to Ban Home Plate Collisions

Major League Baseball announced today that it had approved a ban of home-plate collisions where a runner attempts to knock the ball loose from a catcher. The deal still needs MLBPA approval to be official, and probably won’t be in play until the 2015 season. As Matt Snyder of Eye on Baseball points out, this could lead to the enforcement of obstruction rules at the plate. Runners will have to slide into home when a catcher has a...

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Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Edinson Volquez
Dec11

Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Edinson Volquez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year deal with Edinson Volquez, according to Ken Rosenthal. Sources: #Pirates, free-agent RHP Edinson Volquez in agreement on one-year, $5M contract, pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013 I’m not sure what this says about the future of A.J. Burnett. Neal Huntington has said in the past that the Pirates could add a bounce back candidate and still...

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