Matt Bandi

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    Pirates deal Torres for two minor league relievers

    The Pirates traded right-handed relief pitcher Salomon Torres to the Milwaukee Brewers today for minor league relievers Marino Salas and Kevin Roberts. This ends Torres' six-year tenure with the Bucs. The 35-year-old pitcher resurrected his career with the team in 2002 after spending four years out of baseball. He was the most...

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    Pirates release Castillo, select Meek in Rule 5 draft

    As expected, the Pirates released Jose Castillo today. Castillo, who as little as two years ago was considered the second baseman of the future, spent most of 2007 riding the bench. He was unhappy in that role, and voiced his displeasure several times. In four seasons with the Pirates, Castillo hit .256/.297/.380...

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    Should the Pirates trade Jason Bay?

    The Pirates have a barren minor league system, mostly devoid of impact talent. The Major League team has won less than 70 games in three consecutive seasons. The majority of the team’s offense is made up of average players in their prime who will be eligible for free agency in two or...

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    Neal Huntington: "We need above-average players"

    An interview with Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington was published at Baseball Prospectus on Sunday. It is an interesting read that gives us a bit more insight into the team’s plans, both in the near and distant future. For some analysis, check out any of these posts. However, it was one simple...

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    Is Jason Bay suffering from declining bat speed?

    In an article published on November 20, Rich Lederer of BaseballAnalysts.com mentioned that Jason Bay’s “power has been gradually drifting from left toward right field over the past couple of years.” He provided Bay’s hit chart at PNC Park in 2007 to support this idea. This interested me, so I decided to...

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    Release of Phelps is perplexing

    On Tuesday, the Pirates designated Josh Phelps for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster. This move came as a surprise to me, as he enjoyed staggering success in a limited role with the team in 2007. After struggling with the Yankees early in the season, Phelps took off...

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    Pirates begin hiring coaching staff

    The Pirates announced the hiring of three coaches today. Gary Varsho will be the new bench coach, Tony Beasley will man the third base coaching box and Luis Dorante will be the team's bullpen coach. Varsho had a 383-319 record manging in the Seattle and Philadelphia organizations from 1997-2001. He was the...

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    A look back at the Pirates' 2005 draft

    1st Round – Andrew McCutchen OF McCutchen is the top prospect in the Pirates’ organization, the crown jewel of a bleak minor league system. Just over a month removed from his 21st birthday, he has the tools to be a very good Major League player. McCutchen was good in 2005 and 2006,...

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    Should the Pirates trade Xavier Nady?

    The Pirates have a barren minor league system, mostly devoid of impact talent. The Major League team has won less than 70 games in three consecutive seasons. The majority of the team’s offense is made up of average players in their prime who will be eligible for free agency in two or...

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    It is far too early to make any final judgments, but let us revisit some of the players that the Pirates drafted in June 2006. 1st Round – Brad Lincoln RHP Lincoln, being the team’s first round draft choice, naturally received the most media coverage of any player selected in the 2006...

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