Matt Bandi

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    Pirates cut total of 13 players

    Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have made their first cuts of spring training, sending Ramon Aguero, Argenis Diaz, Brian Friday, Gorkys Hernandez, Brandon Jones and Ronald Uviedo to minor league camp. UPDATE (3/16/2010): The Pirates cut seven more players on Monday morning, sending catcher Tony Sanchez and pitchers Brad Lincoln,...

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    Limited tickets remain for opener

    Jen Langosch reports that only standing room and single-seat tickets are available for the Pirates' opener on April 5th. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a...

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    The goal of Neal Huntington’s trades

    Neal Huntington was handed a group of major leaguers that were in their prime years, but were no better than average for the most part. In addition to that, they were approaching free agency, and there were few prospects available to...

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    Vazquez does not expect to make team

    Utility infielder Ramon Vazquez told Dejan Kovacevic that he does not expect to head north with the Pirates at the end of spring training. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per...

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    2010 player projections

    There are numerous player projection systems available to the public these days. I figured I would throw my hat into the ring. These are mostly just for fun, but I hope you enjoy.

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    Three pitching prospects to miss start of season

    Pirates pitching prospects Colton Cain, Zach Fuesser and Brett Lorin will miss the first half of the season with injuries. None are arm injuries, and all three are expected to return in June or July. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily...

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    What caused the second-half collapse in 2009?

    The Pirates performed at a historically poor level after the trade deadline in 2009. Fans have criticized the front office for making few changes to that...

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    Dotel throws off mound

    Pirates closer Octavio Dotel made the first step in returning from an oblique injury by throwing 31 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday. ... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per...

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    Andrew McCutchen vs. Justin Upton: A contract analysis

    Andrew McCutchen - Trev Stair, Flickr.comJustin Upton signed a six-year, $51.25 million contract extension with the Diamondbacks last week. Andrew McCutchen is at a similar career point as the Diamondbacks' young phenom, so it is reasonable for...

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    A quarter-century as a Pirates fan

    I have spent the past 25 years cheering on the Pirates. From the days of Rafael Belliard and Jose Lind to Jack Wilson and Andrew McCutchen, it has been mostly an experience of disappointment and heartbreak. But I would not trade the memories for anything in the world. Join me as I...

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