Wilbur Miller

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    Update On Players Who Are Out Of Options

     Morton is one of a few players who would have to be designated for assignment if he didn't make the Opening Day roster. With a handful of players who are both on the bubble and out of options, the Pirates will be facing some tough roster decisions at the end of...

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    Images From Spring Opener (Without the Squashed Manatees)

    As you no doubt know, the Pirates beat up on a hapless junior college squad in their spring opener by a score of several million to one, roughly.  For some reason, the annual game against the junior college Manatees is usually something less than a laugher.  The Pirates even lost a few...

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    Filling Out the Farm

    Marte is one of the few minor league free agents the Pirates have added this off-season. One of the less attention-grabbing rituals of the baseball off-season is the signing of minor league free agents. Most or all of the major league teams will sign a significant number of free agents, most of...

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    Pitching Depth – Looking Back

    How much has the pitching depth changed in the upper levels over the last three seasons? Three years ago, Neal Huntington took over a team with a farm system widely regarded as barren. Seven years of poor drafting, unwillingness to spend any money in Latin America, and general disinterest in the system...

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    Candidates To Be Added To The 40-Man Roster

    Owens is a guarantee to be added. The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them.  Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players...

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    Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

    Iwamura is a guarantee to be removed from the 40-man roster. This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players,...

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    A Loan That’s Not a Loan

    In all the furor over the Pirates’ leaked financial records, one aspect that’s enraged some Pirate fans yet received little attention outside Pittsburgh was the loan by the Nutting family to the Pirates.  The transaction wasn’t actually a loan, not in any conventional sense at least.  It was really a loan with...

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    Out of Nowhere – Sleeper Prospects

    Much of the discussion of the Pirates’ farm system the last couple years has centered on GM Neal Huntington’s efforts to restock the system after years of neglect under his predecessor, He Who Shall Not Be Named.  Naturally, it’s been easy to forget the players who were already in the system when...

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    Nutting Opens the Books, But Will It Make a Difference?

    As detailed by Dejan Kovacevic in the Post-Gazette, the Pirates have opened their books as a pre-emptive strike, due to the leaking of team financial records to the Associated Press.  The audited reports released by the Pirates show slightly over $15M in profits in 2007, $14.4M in 2008, and $5.4M in 2009....

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    Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

    The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each...

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