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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Pirates Unlikely to Make Rule 5 Pick; Could Lose Zack Thornton
Dec11

Pirates Unlikely to Make Rule 5 Pick; Could Lose Zack Thornton

The Rule 5 draft caps off the 2013 Winter Meetings tomorrow afternoon. Last year was the first year under Neal Huntington that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t make a pick. Their 40-man roster is full, and Rob Biertempfel reports that Huntington says they aren’t likely to make a pick again this year. With full 40-man roster, #Pirates GM said team not likely to make a Rule 5 pickup tomorrow morning. — Rob Biertempfel...

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