Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation
Feb12

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training tomorrow, with pitchers and catchers reporting today. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming tomorrow. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield Today we take a look at the starting rotation. The Phillies signed A.J. Burnett this afternoon, which means that...

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A.J. Burnett Signs a One Year Deal With the Phillies
Feb12

A.J. Burnett Signs a One Year Deal With the Phillies

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that A.J. Burnett has signed a one year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Source said the Phillies have agreed to a one-year deal with A.J. Burnett. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) February 12, 2014 No word yet on the terms of the deal. Obviously this ends the saga of where Burnett will eventually sign. It will be interesting to see what Burnett received on the one-year deal, to see if it matched...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: Prep Hitters
Feb12

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: Prep Hitters

This is part three of our 2014 amateur draft preview. On Monday, we covered the top college hitters eligible for the draft. Tuesday was the college pitchers, a large group with first round potential. Today we focus on high school hitters and right now, there seems to be a group of five that could go in the top half of the first round and then we might not see another until the second round. That could obviously change a lot between...

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First Pitch: What If Teams Weren’t Restricted From Spending on Certain Players?
Feb12

First Pitch: What If Teams Weren’t Restricted From Spending on Certain Players?

There was a lot of discussion today on the qualifying offers and the impact to the current free agent market. Most of the talk comes from the fact that five players are still free agents with very little interest, all due to the qualifying offer and the draft compensation that is attached to them. Dan Szymborski broke down the long-term value of a compensation pick, and noted that the pick could be impacting the price on these free...

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Fangraphs Has Seven Pirates In Their Top 100 Prospects
Feb11

Fangraphs Has Seven Pirates In Their Top 100 Prospects

Fangraphs released their top 100 prospects list today and seven Pittsburgh Pirates players are listed. No other team had more prospects on the list, while both the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox had seven apiece. Below is their ranking of Pirates players, along with some other top 100 rankings that came out recently. Gregory Polanco was tops among all Pirates players for Fangraphs, coming in at the 17th spot. On MLB.com’s top...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Outfield
Feb11

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Outfield

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training this Thursday. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming on Thursday. We already previewed the infield yesterday. Today we will take a look at the outfield. The Pirates have two of the three outfield spots set for the short and long-term. They should fill the final spot by mid-season when...

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