Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players
Dec06

Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball came to a new agreement this week on the posting fee for Japanese free agents. Previously, NPB teams would post players for free agency, and the highest bidding MLB team would have exclusive negotiating rights for that player. This led to a lot of high bids, with players like Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka commanding $50 M just for teams to negotiate with the players. That money...

Read More
2014 Draft: Yankees Could Pick Five Times Before Pirates Pick Twice
Nov08

2014 Draft: Yankees Could Pick Five Times Before Pirates Pick Twice

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com released the updated 2014 draft order, adding in the potential compensation picks for each team after the first round. The compensation picks make up picks 32-44, although they aren’t guaranteed. The only way teams will receive a compensation pick is if another team signs their player. So for example, if the Yankees bring back Robinson Cano, they will have one fewer pick. Earlier in the week I talked...

Read More
Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Three Players From Mexico
Oct17

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Three Players From Mexico

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Eumir Sepúlveda and 18-year-old right-hander Carlos Bustamante, both out of Mexico. They will report to the Pirates facility in the Dominican and begin their pro career in the Dominican Summer League next year. Sepulveda took a leap forward in the last year, adding eight MPH to his fastball. He is a highly accomplished amateur pitch, who was also scouted by the Boston...

Read More
Pirates Have a Lot of Talented Pitchers Available in the 2014 Draft
Oct15

Pirates Have a Lot of Talented Pitchers Available in the 2014 Draft

Baseball America has released their first top 50 list for the 2014 draft class. This comes with the usual disclaimer that so much can change between now and the actual draft next June. That’s even true when it comes to the pre-season rankings. As an example, the pre-season 2013 rankings had Kris Bryant 12th (he went 2nd overall), Jonathan Gray unranked in the top 50 (he went 3rd overall), and Kohl Stewart ranked 18th (he went...

Read More
Pirates Named as a Team That Could Sign Jose Abreu
Sep30

Pirates Named as a Team That Could Sign Jose Abreu

Ben Badler of Baseball America released a list of five teams who could be candidates to sign top Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu this off-season. Abreu was recently rumored to be declared a free agent, making him eligible to sign with any team. One of the five teams mentioned was Pittsburgh. Badler made a lot of the same points I’ve been making with Abreu. The Pirates don’t have a lot of needs this off-season, but one need...

Read More
Pirates Have the 27th Pick in the 2014 Draft
Sep30

Pirates Have the 27th Pick in the 2014 Draft

The MLB standings are almost finalized, with the only thing remaining being a tiebreaker game between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays tonight. That won’t impact the Pirates in the standings, or any other team, which means that the 2014 draft order is almost set. The Pirates will be picking 27th overall in the first round, which is the lowest they have ever made their first pick in a draft. That does come with the disclaimer...

Read More
Page 10 of 26« First...89101112...20...Last »