The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield
Mar29

The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield – READING Pirates Will Once Again Have...

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First Pitch: The Next Avenue of Talent For the Pittsburgh Pirates?
Mar29

First Pitch: The Next Avenue of Talent For the Pittsburgh Pirates?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are no strangers to finding talent in unique places. They were the first team to sign a player out of India, which the upcoming movie “Million Dollar Arm” will detail. They were the first team to sign a black player out of South Africa in Gift Ngoepe. They’ve signed players out of Australia, Lithuania, Belarus, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and more. So obviously the next avenue of talent would be...

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The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team
Mar28

The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team – READING The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once...

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First Pitch: Are the Pirates About to Repeat a Mistake From the 2006 Season?
Mar28

First Pitch: Are the Pirates About to Repeat a Mistake From the 2006 Season?

As of right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going into the regular season with Travis Ishikawa as part of their first base platoon. There are still three days for this to change before Opening Day. The Pirates could also try to make a move after Opening Day, with minimal damage, depending on how many games they play with Ishikawa. But the fact that they’re planning on going with Ishikawa, even with the possibility of a change,...

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Pirates Make Starling Marte Extension Official; Contract Details
Mar27

Pirates Make Starling Marte Extension Official; Contract Details

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the six year extension for Starling Marte, which was agreed to yesterday. Marte is signed to a six year, $31 M deal with two option years. The deal guarantees one of his free agent years, and buys out control of three of his free agent years. Jon Heyman has the breakdown of the contract. Marte will receive the following salary amounts: Signing Bonus: $2 M 2014: $500,000 2015: $1 M 2016:...

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Jameson Taillon to Get a Second Opinion on His Elbow on Monday
Mar27

Jameson Taillon to Get a Second Opinion on His Elbow on Monday

Jameson Taillon just told me that he will go for a second opinion on his right elbow on Monday. On Sunday, I reported that Taillon had some discomfort in his elbow, but that the MRI showed there was no ligament damage. He was seeking a second opinion, and was set to be shut down for two weeks before re-evaluating the injury. Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles will give the second opinion. Dr. ElAttrache was profiled by Will Carroll in...

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