Positional Breakdowns: First Base

I always felt that Adam LaRoche got a bad rap while he was in Pittsburgh. Many players get criticized for being unpredictable. In LaRoche’s case, he was too predictable. LaRoche started out every season with a poor April, heated up in May and June, then caught fire from July to the end of the season. LaRoche is a career .274 hitter, and I’m sure if you go and look at the breakdown of most .270-.280 hitters, you’ll...

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Looking back at the Nyjer Morgan Trade

The last few days down here in Virginia have seen crazy weather. It started out at 70 degrees, then dropped to the low 50s the next day, followed by another jump to 70 degrees today, and the rest of the week is forecasted for mid-40s. Of course that means not only do we enter my least favorite time of the year, the fall, but we also start fishing our fall coats out of the closet. Every once in awhile you’ll throw on that coat...

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Minor League Free Agents

The first wave of minor league free agents has hit the market, according to the latest minor league transaction report from Baseball America. Here is the list: RHP Greg AquinoRHP Josh Banks3B Brian BardenC Edwin BellorinRHP Kris Benson1B Wilson BetemitLHP Travis BlackleyRHP Bryan BullingtonLHP Brian BurresRHP Vinnie ChulkRHP R.A. Dickey3B Joe DillonRHP Brandon DuckworthOF Chris DuffyRHP Geoff GearyRHP Enrique GonzalezC Michel...

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Positional Breakdowns: Outfield

The outfield position is one of few positions in the Pirates system where there is a good amount of depth. At the beginning of the season the Pirates had an outfield of Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan, and Brandon Moss, with Andrew McCutchen in the wings, ready for a call-up. That call came in June, after the trade which sent Nate McLouth to Atlanta. Nyjer Morgan was traded at the end of June for Lastings Milledge, and while waiting for...

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Looking back at the Nate McLouth Trade

Of all the trades that have been made in the last two years, the one that comes as the biggest surprise was the Nate McLouth trade. We knew that the Pirates were shopping Jason Bay and Xavier Nady in 2008. We knew that the Pirates were shopping Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, and Adam LaRoche in 2009. At the same time you could figure that a McLouth trade was in the future plans, especially with Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata in the...

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