How Much Bargaining Power Does James Loney Have?
Dec12

How Much Bargaining Power Does James Loney Have?

Yesterday the Seattle Mariners added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, then claimed they would use both first base options in the outfield. That removed two first base options from the market, leaving the Pirates, Brewers, and the Rays to decide between James Loney, Ike Davis, and Mitch Moreland. Loney has been asking for three years and $27-30 M total. It would seem that he now has a ton of leverage to get such a deal. However, none of...

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2013 Rule 5 Draft: Wei-Chung Wang Drafted by the Brewers
Dec12

2013 Rule 5 Draft: Wei-Chung Wang Drafted by the Brewers

The 2013 Rule 5 draft is underway, and the Pittsburgh Pirates surprisingly lost Wei-Chung Wang to the Milwaukee Brewers. The move wasn’t expected for the reason that Wang has only pitched as high as the GCL. It also wasn’t expected because Wang signed his contract in October 2011. Most players from the draft are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft. Wang wouldn’t have...

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First Pitch: How Much Do You Trust Ray Searage?
Dec12

First Pitch: How Much Do You Trust Ray Searage?

Several weeks ago I wrote an article titled “Why I Trust Neal Huntington“. In the article I pointed out that I don’t agree with all of the moves Huntington makes. I give my own opinion, then I try to put that opinion aside to try and see the logic from the other side of a deal. For the most part I accept that I have limited information and that Huntington has an entire organization working to provide him with tons of...

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Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Edinson Volquez
Dec11

Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Edinson Volquez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year deal with Edinson Volquez, according to Ken Rosenthal. Sources: #Pirates, free-agent RHP Edinson Volquez in agreement on one-year, $5M contract, pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013 I’m not sure what this says about the future of A.J. Burnett. Neal Huntington has said in the past that the Pirates could add a bounce back candidate and still...

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Pirates Unlikely to Make Rule 5 Pick; Could Lose Zack Thornton
Dec11

Pirates Unlikely to Make Rule 5 Pick; Could Lose Zack Thornton

The Rule 5 draft caps off the 2013 Winter Meetings tomorrow afternoon. Last year was the first year under Neal Huntington that the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t make a pick. Their 40-man roster is full, and Rob Biertempfel reports that Huntington says they aren’t likely to make a pick again this year. With full 40-man roster, #Pirates GM said team not likely to make a Rule 5 pickup tomorrow morning. — Rob Biertempfel...

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Pirates Give Charlie Morton a Three Year Extension
Dec11

Pirates Give Charlie Morton a Three Year Extension

  Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have given Charlie Morton a three year extension that is worth $21 M. The deal could be worth up to $30 M, as Morton has an option for a fourth season. The contract breaks down as follows: 2014: $4 M 2015: $8 M 2016: $8 M 2017: $9.5 M + $500,000 in potential incentives ($1 M buyout) If Morton is traded, the club option turns into a mutual option, although Morton...

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