Matt Bandi

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    Pirate Prospects – Honorable Mention

    I am counting down my personal list of the top 25 Pirate prospects. You can follow the countdown here, or by clicking on the "Top 25 Prospects" link in the site header. Jason Delaney Date of Birth: 11/9/1982 Height: 6'3" Weight: 210 pounds Bats/Throws: R/R Position: 1B Drafted: 12th Round, 2005 (Boston...

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    My top 25 Pirate prospects

    It is that time of the year, with top Pirate prospect lists showing up everywhere. Baseball Prospectus published their top 11 list a few days ago, John Sickels posted his top 20 prospects yesterday, Wilbur Miller recently updated his top 20 list and an Orioles blog even got into the act earlier...

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    Pirates close to extension with Doumit

    Deal to cover three years, with a team option for a fourth.  That fourth year would be Doumit's first of free agency. Update (10:00 PM): Dejan has updated his post to reflect that the Pirates will actually have options for each of the first two years of Doumit's free agency.  That makes...

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    2009 Chone projections

    Sean Smith released the 2009 CHONE offensive projections at his new website today. Be sure to take a look at the Pirates' page. Here are just a few notes. CHONE sees Ryan Doumit (.281/.343/.461) regressing a bit from last season. Nate McLouth (.274/.352/.461) and Adam LaRoche (.264/.340/.468) see a decrease in their...

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    Doumit, McLouth and the broadcasting booth

    Dejan reports that the Pirates are nearing a long-term deal with Ryan Doumit, while talks with Nate McLouth have slowed to the point that his agent referred to them as "close to dead." I have mentioned before that I feel much more comfortable giving a multi-year contract to McLouth than Doumit, so...

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    If the Pirates kept Bay and built through free agency

    In Dejan's Q&A today, someone questioned why the Pirates do not take advantage of the current market, in which prospects are arguably overvalued while free agents are undervalued. In the subsequent discussion, Dejan endorsed the idea that the Pirates should have held onto Jason Bay and tried to build a competitive team...

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    Michaels signs with Astros

    We got some good news today, as the Astros have signed Jason Michaels to a one year, $750,000 deal. I was concerned that the Pirates might seriously be considering bringing him back, but it doesn't appear that they had any real interest. Michaels had some huge hits for us last season, but...

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    Is Adam LaRoche less valuable because of his dramatic splits?

    The Pirates offered arbitration to seven players before last night's deadline, retaining their rights. Nate McLouth, Adam LaRoche, Ryan Doumit, Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, John Grabow and Tyler Yates will each remain under team control. Reliever Denny Bautista was not offered a contract, making him a free agent. In this morning's post...

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    Pirates finalize deal with Vazquez

    The Pirates officially signed utility infielder Ramon Vazquez today. The deal is worth $4 million over two years.  This is a nice signing for the Pirates, as it gives them a cheap bench option that can play adequate defense all over the infield.  Vazquez likely won't match the solid offensive numbers he...

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    Rule 5 recap

    The Pirates selected Donald Veal in the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft today. Veal is 24, and a former top prospect in the Cubs organization. Primarily a starter, he has posted impressive strikeout rates while struggling with his control. After an very good first season in Single-A in 2006,...

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