First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate
Nov12

First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how Chris Stewart would be the best option for the Pittsburgh Pirates at catcher if Russell Martin leaves as a free agent. The idea that Martin will leave seems likely. He’s reportedly looking for a five-year deal at $75-80 M, which is close to Brian McCann money (5 years, $85 M). I’m not even sure if Brian McCann deserved Brian McCann money. If that is the price (and it might be...

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AFL: Two Hits For Josh Bell In Scottsdale Loss
Nov11

AFL: Two Hits For Josh Bell In Scottsdale Loss

With just three days left in the Arizona Fall League season, Scottsdale took on Glendale on Tuesday. Josh Bell was the designated hitter and the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. The Scorpions lost 8-4, dropping them to 11-19 on the year with two games left. Tyler Glasnow will start Wednesday, followed by Joely Rodriguez in the season finale on Thursday. In the second inning, Bell had a nice seven pitch at-bat...

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Pirates Acquire Right-Handed Pitcher Rob Scahill From the Rockies
Nov11

Pirates Acquire Right-Handed Pitcher Rob Scahill From the Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right-handed pitcher Rob Scahill from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Shane Carle. Scahill was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week. Scahill has pitched 57 innings in the majors, all in relief, over the last three seasons. In that time he has a 4.42 ERA and a 4.56 xFIP, along with a 5.5 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9. I’m guessing the Pirates like the stuff, with...

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Pirates Will Acquire a Catcher if Russell Martin Signs Elsewhere
Nov11

Pirates Will Acquire a Catcher if Russell Martin Signs Elsewhere

This morning on MLB Network, Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington was a guest on Hot Stove and had some interesting comments on the Pirates off-season plans, including their back-up plan if catcher Russell Martin doesn’t re-sign with the club. Below are some excerpts from the interview, which focused on the plan of attack this winter. Huntington is currently in Arizona attending the GM meetings. The biggest revelation might...

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Winter League: Willy Garcia Homers, Continues Hot Streak
Nov11

Winter League: Willy Garcia Homers, Continues Hot Streak

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Willy Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and his first stolen base. The double was his fifth of the season. Garcia is hitting .341 in 44 at-bats. Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-5 with an RBI. He has a .258 average in 17 games and has driven in seven runs. Carlos Paulino went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He has started three times in the last four days after playing twice in the first four...

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First Pitch: Pirates Could Have 3 of the Top 32 Picks, Plus $9 M to Spend in 2015 Draft
Nov11

First Pitch: Pirates Could Have 3 of the Top 32 Picks, Plus $9 M to Spend in 2015 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t had much experience with free agent compensation picks in the last 20+ years. They got a pick for Ryan Doumit leaving in 2012. Prior to that, their last supplemental picks were in the 1993 draft, which they received for the departures of Barry Bonds and Doug Drabek. That was all under an old system. The new CBA, which went into effect three years ago, changed the process of receiving comp picks for...

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