First Pitch: Why Has This Been a Quiet Off-Season For the Pirates?
Nov26

First Pitch: Why Has This Been a Quiet Off-Season For the Pirates?

In baseball, a slow off-season is the norm. The off-season is called the hot stove season because it resembles water heating up. You turn on the burners, then you wait. And you wait. Then you see a few bubbles. Then suddenly, the water is boiling and you’re ready to go. It feels like the Pirates have had a slow off-season thus far. No, it hasn’t been slow in the sense that they haven’t made any moves. Aside from all...

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Yhonathan Barrios Among Notable Rule 5 Players Available
Nov25

Yhonathan Barrios Among Notable Rule 5 Players Available

J.J. Cooper at Baseball America put together a list of the notable players available in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. No Pittsburgh Pirates players were among the top ten players available, but two got mentioned as notable options. Jose Tabata got mentioned based solely on his contract, while Yhonathan Barrios was among the hardest throwing pitchers that weren’t protected. Cooper mentions that Tabata has $8.5M left on his contract...

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First Pitch: It’s Time For Gaby Sanchez to Get Appreciated as a Good Platoon Player
Nov25

First Pitch: It’s Time For Gaby Sanchez to Get Appreciated as a Good Platoon Player

I took a break from working on the 2015 Prospect Guide today to respond to a question about whether Allen Craig would be a good replacement for Gaby Sanchez as the right-handed half of the first base platoon. My response was that Sanchez has been better in his career against lefties than Craig. My first mistake was even entering a discussion about Gaby Sanchez and saying something other than “Gaby Sanchez is the worst player...

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Pirates Release Catcher Ramon Cabrera
Nov24

Pirates Release Catcher Ramon Cabrera

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released catcher Ramon Cabrera. He was one of the players dropped from the 40-man roster on Thursday to make room for others that needed to be protected from the Rule V draft. Cabrera was picked up in August as a waiver claim from the Detroit Tigers and hit .239/.286/.413 in 12 games with Altoona. It was his second go around in the system. He was originally signed as an amateur free agent in 2008 out of...

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump
Nov24

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump

Saturday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter ball, except for Venezuela. Elias Diaz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a throwing error in his second game of winter ball. Diaz made his debut on Friday night, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Elvis Escobar pinch-ran in the eighth inning and stayed in the game as the DH. He went 0-for-1 with a run scored. He made his debut on Wednesday as a defensive...

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Pirates Trade Ike Davis to Oakland A’s
Nov23

Pirates Trade Ike Davis to Oakland A’s

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Oakland A’s in exchange for international slot money according to Susan Slusser. Davis was designated for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for the Pirates to protect players from the Rule V draft. The Pirates and A’s exchanged international slot spots, with the Pirates getting the amount designated for slot #27($501,900), while the...

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