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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Pirates Option Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis
Mar27

Pirates Option Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis. Cumpton had a good Spring, working out of the starting rotation. However, he never really had a shot to make the Pirates’ Opening Day roster, since their rotation looked set heading into camp. He will provide the team with strong early season depth in the event of an injury, or if Edinson Volquez struggles in the rotation. Cumpton would...

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First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate
Mar27

First Pitch: Why Gregory Polanco Should Be the Next Extension Candidate

Back at the beginning of February, I wrote an article looking at extension candidates for the Pittsburgh Pirates, noting that this was where the team needed to spend their money. Everyone focused on the 2014 payroll this off-season, but two of the best moves that could have been made were the extensions of Charlie Morton, and today’s extension of Starling Marte. Neither of these moves has an impact on the 2014 season, since...

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The Pirates Could Get a Huge Value From Starling Marte’s Extension
Mar26

The Pirates Could Get a Huge Value From Starling Marte’s Extension

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to an extension with Starling Marte today, putting the outfielder under team control through the 2021 season. The extension was for six years and $31 M, with two option years. Specific details about the yearly salaries and the option years are unknown. However, you don’t need to see those details to know that this has the potential to be a huge value for the Pirates. To put this deal in perspective,...

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