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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The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think
Feb11

The Cost of a Draft Pick is Probably Greater Than You Think

Dan Szymborski, the creator of ZiPS, took a look at the cost of the qualifying offer to free agents like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew. Szymborski looked at the values of draft picks based on his studies on the topic in the past, and came up with the numbers that losing a first round pick to sign a player would be the equivalent of losing about $23 M in future value. What this means for guys like Morales and Drew is that declining...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Pitchers
Feb11

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Draft Preview: College Pitchers

Yesterday, we had part one of our draft preview, highlighting some of the best college hitters in the 2014 amateur draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 25th pick overall in the draft, which looks to be top-heavy with college pitching. Out of Baseball America’s top 15 draft eligible college players, ten of them are pitchers, plus third baseman Matt Chapman from Cal State Fullerton has potential on the mound if the batting...

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First Pitch: Pirates Are in a Great Bargaining Position For First Base
Feb11

First Pitch: Pirates Are in a Great Bargaining Position For First Base

Earlier today, Jeff Sullivan wrote an article on FanGraphs about the Pittsburgh Pirates and what is really available for them at first base. Sullivan noted that the Pirates have their choice of trade options (like Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak, or Ike Davis), a free agent like Kendrys Morales, or staying internal with Andrew Lambo. Sullivan noted that the external options really aren’t that good, and that Lambo is interesting...

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