A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred
Jul22

A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred

Ken Rosenthal has some interesting updates on A.J. Burnett: #Phillies’ Burnett not only prefers #Pirates as next club, but Bucs players said to be lobbying for his return. Player option may be issue… — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 22, 2014 …for #Pirates. Burnett at 21 starts for #Phillies. Option value is $8.5M at 24 starts, $10M at 27, $11.75M at 30 and maximum $12.75M at 32. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July...

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First Pitch: Bringing Back Russell Martin Needs to Be a Top Priority
Jul22

First Pitch: Bringing Back Russell Martin Needs to Be a Top Priority

Last off-season was filled with a lot of drama surrounding A.J. Burnett, qualifying offers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates approach with free agency and the percentage that individual players take up on the team payroll. Prepare for act two this coming off-season. The Pirates will go through the same situation again with Russell Martin. To be accurate, it won’t be the exact situation. There won’t be a chance of Martin saying...

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Prospect Watch: Big Night For West Virginia Hitters; Horrible Night For Bradenton Hitters
Jul22

Prospect Watch: Big Night For West Virginia Hitters; Horrible Night For Bradenton Hitters

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Top 10 Pitchers: Sampson, Cumpton, Glasnow, and a Pitcher You Should Learn About
Jul21

Top 10 Pitchers: Sampson, Cumpton, Glasnow, and a Pitcher You Should Learn About

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Pirates Had a Scout Watching A.J. Burnett’s Last Start
Jul21

Pirates Had a Scout Watching A.J. Burnett’s Last Start

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a scout watching A.J. Burnett’s last start on Friday. Gelb says that the scout wasn’t on his normal coverage, which makes it sound like this was a trip specifically to see Burnett. Burnett hasn’t been the same pitcher this year that he was with the Pirates. He has a 4.08 ERA and a 3.93 xFIP. His strikeouts are down, with a 7.4 K/9, which...

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First Pitch: Can the Pirates Fix Ernesto Frieri in Time?
Jul21

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Fix Ernesto Frieri in Time?

I don’t really want to write another article on why I don’t think it’s a smart move for the Pittsburgh Pirates to spend money and/or prospects to get relief pitching help. As I wrote last week, they’ve got a good track record of finding quality relievers without paying for it. They also have a good late inning combo of Mark Melancon and Tony Watson, which means their focus should only be on the middle innings....

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