Kevin Creagh

  • Analysis
    Comparing Alen Hanson’s Age-19 Season

    Coming into the 2012 season, Alen Hanson was an under-the-radar prospect in the Pirates' system.  To anyone reading this right now, you're probably aware that Alen Hanson's has had a huge breakout season to the tune of .315/.380/.550 (930 OPS) with a power-speed blend of 16 HR's and 30 SB's (out of...

  • Analysis
    Brad Lincoln – Yankee Hunter

    By now you've read that the Pirates are allowing Brad Lincoln to explore the wonders of Yonge Street and Casa Loma in Toronto in exchange for giving Travis Snider the opportunity to eat at Primanti's and gape in awe at Fallingwater. My snap reaction is that I would have loved this trade...

  • News and Rumors
    Pirates Inquired about Shin-Soo Choo

    According to Rob Biertempel on Twitter (via MLBTR), the Indians and Pirates have discussed the particulars of a trade for Shin-Soo Choo.  Biertempel speculates that the Pirates would have to part with Starling Marte to make the trade happen. Choo has one year of team control left in 2013 before heading to...

  • Analysis
    The Bleakness That Is The Houston Astros’ Franchise

    2012 is important for the Astros to sift through all the recently-added players from 2011's trades and callups from the minors.  The 2012 season will be a pretty bleak season for fans at Minute Maid Park.  -- 2012 Houston Astros Forecast from the 2012 Pirates Prospects Annual. When I wrote those words...

  • Analysis
    The Departed – Grossman, Owens, Cain

    Taking a look at what the Pirates gave up in the Wandy Rodriguez trade

  • Analysis
    Give Ryan Hafner Some Time Off

    In the movie Anchorman, the sportscaster Champ starts to ramble about his man-love for Ron Burgundy, prompting the line "Why don't you take a few plays off, Champ?" At this point in Ryan Hafner's 2012 campaign, it might be time for him to take a few plays off, too.  After Sunday's 0.2...

  • News and Rumors
    Pirates Inquired about B.J. Upton, Billy Butler, and Shane Victorino

    In his Sunday column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Pirates may have interest in the other Upton brother, this time B.J. from the Tampa Rays.  He also mentions that they inquired about Billy Butler (1B) from the Royals and Shane Victorino (OF) from the Phillies.  These little snippets...

  • News and Rumors
    Pirates Interested in Paul Maholm

    The Pittsburgh Pirates may be interested in bringing Paul Maholm back.

  • Analysis
    The Case For Walker’s Extension

    Right after the Andrew McCutchen extension in the spring, I posited that Neil Walker may be the next Pirate signed to a long-term extension.  There were some discussions between the two sides, but it has been suspected that the Pirates were leaning more towards a Jose Tabata-style of deal and Walker wanted...

  • Analysis
    Upton to the Rangers Would Make the Most Sense

    In recent weeks the rumors that the Pirates are engaged in trade talks for Justin Upton have been rampant.  The interest has been persistent and intense, but recently it has come out that Neal Huntington is not willing to include Cole, Taillon, or Marte in a deal for Upton.  Add in the...

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