Matt Bandi

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    Could the Pirates surprise in 2010?

    Yesterday’s trade of Jesse Chavez for Akinori Iwamura was hardly a blockbuster. The Pirates traded a replacement level reliever for an average second baseman, filling a hole for the time being and allowing Delwyn Young to return to pinch-hitting duties. Iwamura will not turn the Pirates into a contender or transform them...

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    Pirates trade Jesse Chavez to Rays for Akinori Iwamura

    The Pirates have reportedly acquired second baseman Akinori Iwamura from the Tampa Rays for reliever Jesse Chavez. Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pirates may also receive a second player in the deal. Iwamura is an average player that had his 2009 season shortened by injury. He should be a useful option...

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    Hansen, Bautista, Bootcheck removed from 40-man

    The Pirates removed relievers Craig Hansen, Denny Bautista and Chris Bootcheck from the 40-man roster today. It is not surprising that any of these players were removed, although it is nice to see Neal Huntington's willingness to part ways with Hansen. He was acquired in the Jason Bay trade, which many fans...

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    The starting rotation

    It is often said that the Pirates lack a “true ace” starting pitcher, someone that can be counted on to shut down an opponent every time out. This is true; they do not have a true number one. However, a team can do pretty well if it employs several middle of the...

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    An alternate 2009 – Part two

    We found in Part One that the Pirates would have won about 71 games this past season if management stood pat with the roster that began the 2008 season. Today, let’s see how the team would have done if management threw caution to the wind and tossed a mountain of cash into...

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    Perry Hill not returning; Searage promoted

    Perry Hill will not be returning to the Pirates’ coaching staff in 2010. Hill was under contract for the upcoming season, so he cannot join another team’s staff. This is disappointing news, as he clearly lived up to his reputation as a legendary infield instructor last season. Andy LaRoche, Jack Wilson and...

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    An alternate 2009 – Part one

    In December, I tried to show that keeping Jason Bay would not have made the Pirates a competitive team in 2009. Looking back, I don't like the process I used in that analysis. For starters, I used each player's 2008 production instead of a 2009 projection. I also didn't project the whole...

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    Improving in 2010

    Dejan Kovacevic capped off the 2009 season with ten steps he feels will improve the team in 2010. I figured I would go through the list and add my two cents. Dejan's steps are in bold, with my thoughts following each heading. 10. Focus on Pittsburgh. I agree with this line of...

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    Ascanio visits Dr. James Andrews, undergoes surgery

    Bad news for the Pirates today, courtesy of Dr. James Andrews. Jose Ascanio, acquired in the Tom Gorzelanny/John Grabow trade, underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. The Pirates have not yet committed to a timetable for his return, but torn labrums are often the downfall of a pitcher's career....

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    Matt Capps and his 2009 struggles

    Matt Capps has decided that the best way to bounce back in 2010 is to throw more fastballs. I've tried a lot of different pitches this year, the slider, the change ... I've had a sinker, too, that runs in on right-handers. But when I'm just myself out there, I'm letting her...

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