First Pitch: What If Teams Weren’t Restricted From Spending on Certain Players?
Feb12

First Pitch: What If Teams Weren’t Restricted From Spending on Certain Players?

There was a lot of discussion today on the qualifying offers and the impact to the current free agent market. Most of the talk comes from the fact that five players are still free agents with very little interest, all due to the qualifying offer and the draft compensation that is attached to them. Dan Szymborski broke down the long-term value of a compensation pick, and noted that the pick could be impacting the price on these free...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Outfield
Feb11

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Outfield

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training this Thursday. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming on Thursday. We already previewed the infield yesterday. Today we will take a look at the outfield. The Pirates have two of the three outfield spots set for the short and long-term. They should fill the final spot by mid-season when...

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The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think
Feb11

The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think

Dan Szymborski, the creator of ZiPS, took a look at the cost of the qualifying offer to free agents like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew. Szymborski looked at the values of draft picks based on his studies on the topic in the past, and came up with the numbers that losing a first round pick to sign a player would be the equivalent of losing about $23 M in future value. What this means for guys like Morales and Drew is that declining...

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First Pitch: Pirates Are in a Great Bargaining Position For First Base
Feb11

First Pitch: Pirates Are in a Great Bargaining Position For First Base

Earlier today, Jeff Sullivan wrote an article on FanGraphs about the Pittsburgh Pirates and what is really available for them at first base. Sullivan noted that the Pirates have their choice of trade options (like Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak, or Ike Davis), a free agent like Kendrys Morales, or staying internal with Andrew Lambo. Sullivan noted that the external options really aren’t that good, and that Lambo is interesting...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Infield
Feb10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Infield

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training this Thursday. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming on Thursday. The first group to be previewed will be the infield. Most of the other groups come with near guarantees for the roster spots. The infield is pretty much set, although the first base position is still up in the air. The Pirates...

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