Pirates Had a Scout Watching A.J. Burnett’s Last Start
Jul21

Pirates Had a Scout Watching A.J. Burnett’s Last Start

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a scout watching A.J. Burnett’s last start on Friday. Gelb says that the scout wasn’t on his normal coverage, which makes it sound like this was a trip specifically to see Burnett. Burnett hasn’t been the same pitcher this year that he was with the Pirates. He has a 4.08 ERA and a 3.93 xFIP. His strikeouts are down, with a 7.4 K/9, which...

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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Fix Ernesto Frieri in Time?
Jul21

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Fix Ernesto Frieri in Time?

I don’t really want to write another article on why I don’t think it’s a smart move for the Pittsburgh Pirates to spend money and/or prospects to get relief pitching help. As I wrote last week, they’ve got a good track record of finding quality relievers without paying for it. They also have a good late inning combo of Mark Melancon and Tony Watson, which means their focus should only be on the middle innings....

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Pirates Looking at Joaquin Benoit and Joakim Soria
Jul21

Pirates Looking at Joaquin Benoit and Joakim Soria

Jon Heyman reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of three teams looking at San Diego Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit. He also says that the Pirates have been looking at Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria. This comes after we heard that the Pirates were looking at Huston Street, who was just traded to the Angels for a big return. Heyman says that the Tigers and Indians are also interested in Benoit. He said the Tigers and Pirates...

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Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Returns to the Bench
Jul20

Prospect Watch: Alen Hanson Returns to the Bench

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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First Pitch: The Type of Prospects That the Pirates Could Afford to Trade
Jul20

First Pitch: The Type of Prospects That the Pirates Could Afford to Trade

As I looked around at the reactions toward the Angels’ trade for Huston Street, I noticed a lot of people commenting about how the deal was a good one for Los Angeles. This is a team that didn’t have a farm system, and traded the few prospects they had remaining for a relief pitcher who is making $10 M over the next year and a half. And I’d have to agree that this deal was a good one for the Angels. The Angels...

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