Pirates Claim Pedro Florimon From the Nationals
Nov20

Pirates Claim Pedro Florimon From the Nationals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder Pedro Florimon from the Washington Nationals, per the Nationals ( via MLBTR). Florimon has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, posting a .565 OPS while playing shortstop. He’s got great fielding numbers, with a 3.8 UZR/150 in his career, and a positive trend. Here are his UZR/150 numbers over the last four years. 2011: -49.4 in 18.2 innings 2012: -8.9 in 367 innings 2013: 4.5...

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Radhames Liz’s Winter League Team Announces His Deal With the Pirates
Nov20

Radhames Liz’s Winter League Team Announces His Deal With the Pirates

The winter league team of pitcher Radhames Liz has announced his agreement to a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Estrellas de Oriente posted this article(link is in Spanish) saying that Liz has agreed to the 2/3M deal and is now in Pittsburgh taking his physical and signing the contract. They also point out that he has regularly hit 97-98 MPH this winter, which is the same velocity he was throwing back when he was a top...

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Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?
Nov19

Pirates Need to Protect Players Tomorrow From the Rule 5 Draft; Who Should Be Protected?

Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to protect players from the 2014 Rule 5 draft. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, the basic rundown is that players are eligible to be selected by another team in their fourth or fifth Rule 5 draft (depending on when they signed), unless they are added to the 40-man roster. If a player was 18 or younger in his signing year, he is eligible for his fifth Rule 5 draft. A player who is 19 and...

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Baseball Prospectus Releases Top Ten Pirates Prospect List
Nov19

Baseball Prospectus Releases Top Ten Pirates Prospect List

Baseball Prospectus has released their top ten list for prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system. You need a subscription to read the entire article, but the list is free. No surprise that Tyler Glasnow leads the list after the season he put up this year. He is followed by Jameson Taillon, who most had ranked ahead of Glasnow coming into the season(BP had Taillon ahead of Gregory Polanco last year), but the combination of a missed...

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Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Makes Debut, News on Melancon, Polanco and Harold Ramirez
Nov19

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Makes Debut, News on Melancon, Polanco and Harold Ramirez

Gregory Polanco is playing in the Dominican, but has not been given permission by the Pirates to play in the Dominican Winter League yet. He is playing in the Parallel League, which is basically the minor league version of the Dominican League. Polanco went 1-for-4 with a double the other day against players from the Dominican academy of the Orioles. Mark Melancon threw a scoreless ninth to pick up the save in the fifth game of the...

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First Pitch: Finding the Second Left-Hander For the Pirates Bullpen
Nov19

First Pitch: Finding the Second Left-Hander For the Pirates Bullpen

I was thinking about the need for the Pittsburgh Pirates to add a second left-hander to their bullpen this afternoon on two different occasions. The first was when Zach Duke signed a three-year deal for $15 M with the Chicago White Sox. The Pirates later announced a bunch of minor league signings, with one of them being left-hander Jeremy Bleich. These are two ends of the spectrum. On one side, there’s Duke, who is coming off a...

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