How Do August Waiver Trades Work?
Aug01

How Do August Waiver Trades Work?

Yesterday the trade deadline passed in a pretty uneventful fashion. To sum it all up, Bud Norris was the biggest name who was traded. That’s all you need to really know about the quality of the market on deadline day. But the big misconception with the trade deadline is that people think it’s the last chance to make a deal. In fact, teams can make deals beyond the deadline, as we saw last night with the addition of Robert...

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Pirates GM Neal Huntington Talks Deadline: 13 Most Important Points
Jul31

Pirates GM Neal Huntington Talks Deadline: 13 Most Important Points

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he was “willing to do something stupid” at the MLB Trade Deadline, but not “insane.” The prevailing sentiment from his post-deadline press conference Wednesday was that he made many offers for trades big and small, but the asking price of prospects ended up being too high. So Huntington and the Bucs held steady. “There’s no question we forced the...

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Please Welcome New Beat Writer Nate Barnes to the Pirates Prospects Staff
Jul25

Please Welcome New Beat Writer Nate Barnes to the Pirates Prospects Staff

Two weeks ago I posted a few jobs on the site, with one of those jobs being a part-time beat writer. The job postings generated a huge response, with over 75 applicants in a three day span. I will still be working on filling the minor league coverage positions, but today I wanted to announce the new Pirates Prospects beat writer. Nate Barnes (no relation to Barrett Barnes) will be joining the site, sharing the beat writer duties with...

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Trade Values: The Prospects in the Pirates System
Jul18

Trade Values: The Prospects in the Pirates System

We talk about trade values all the time on the site, usually focusing on the value of major league players who could be options for the Pirates. The values of the prospects in the system are pretty static and easy to come up with. They are usually based on whether the prospect is a top 100 guy, or whether he is rated as a Grade B or C prospect. The top 100 rankings are usually based off Baseball America, while John Sickels is usually...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Mid-Season Prospect Recap
Jul17

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Mid-Season Prospect Recap

The All-Star break isn’t really the mid-season point for anything. The Major League season is six months long, so the mid-season point is the end of June. The minor league season is five months long, so the mid-season point is the middle of June, rather than the middle of July. The All-Star break does provide a few days off to reflect on the first half (and then some) of the season, so the mid-season reviews are more out of...

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Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough
Jul14

Gregory Polanco: Futures Game Continues Outfielder’s Breakthrough

The future for top Pirates hitting prospect Gregory Polanco has grown brighter and brighter for the last three years. The center fielder comes to the 2013 Futures Game as one of baseball’s most exciting minor-league outfielders. Showing up in New York City for All-Star Week represents a coming-out party for Polanco. He was neither a highly-touted draft choice nor a Dominican bonus baby, receiving just $75,000 from the Pittsburgh...

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