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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Pirates Aren’t Currently in on Justin Masterson
Nov18

Pirates Aren’t Currently in on Justin Masterson

I thought this was noteworthy since Justin Masterson is my favorite out of the bounce back pitchers who are available this off-season. Bill Brink says that the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t currently one of the teams who have checked in on the right-hander. #Pirates are not currently among the dozen or so teams that have checked in on Justin Masterson, according to his agent. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) November 18, 2014 This...

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Tyler Glasnow Named Fifth Best Prospect In AFL
Nov18

Tyler Glasnow Named Fifth Best Prospect In AFL

Baseball America released their list of the top ten prospects that took part in the Arizona Fall League this year. Tyler Glasnow was the only Pittsburgh Pirates representative on the list, coming in fifth. Glasnow is the highest ranked pitcher on the list. BA also listed 12 players that fell just short of the list with no mention of Josh Bell, who may have fallen slightly out of favor due to a poor performance in the league. Glasnow...

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Pirates Announce Ten Minor League Free Agent Signings
Nov18

Pirates Announce Ten Minor League Free Agent Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced ten minor league free agent signings. The following six players will receive an invitation to Spring Training. RHP Collin Balester LHP Jeremy Bleich RHP Deolis Guerra RHP Brad Lincoln INF Gustavo Nunez RHP Blake Wood We heard about Lincoln today, and Balester has been known for a while. He spent the 2014 season rehabbing in the Pirates’ farm system. He’s had some time in the majors, putting...

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Pirates Sign Brad Lincoln
Nov18

Pirates Sign Brad Lincoln

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln to a minor league contract. Lincoln was the Pirates first round draft pick in 2006, taken fourth overall. He was dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays for Travis Snider at the 2012 trade deadline. Lincoln pitched in the Phillies organization this year, making two relief appearances in the majors. He allowed three runs over 2.1 innings. He spent the rest of the season at AAA...

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First Pitch: Catcher Defense Has Gained a Massive Amount of Appreciation in Two Years
Nov18

First Pitch: Catcher Defense Has Gained a Massive Amount of Appreciation in Two Years

Two years ago, Russell Martin made a very smart decision. He was reportedly seeking four years and $9-10 M per year, and no team would come close to that amount. The New York Yankees were reported to have offered two years and $13 M, or three years and $21 M. The Pittsburgh Pirates had the top offer at two years and $17 M. They also made a three-year offer. Martin declined that offer, opting for a two-year deal and the chance to...

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