Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Collecting Extra-Base Hits, Tito Polo Begins Season In Colombia
Nov14

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Collecting Extra-Base Hits, Tito Polo Begins Season In Colombia

On Wednesday night in the Dominican, Mel Rojas Jr. went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. More on him below. Carlos Paulino played his sixth game, coming in as a defensive replacement behind the plate in the ninth inning. He didn’t get a chance to bat. Willy Garcia had his second straight 0-for-4 game, though he didn’t strikeout, which is a small victory. Garcia is still hitting .304 through 17 games and has...

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First Pitch: The Bridge to Elias Diaz, Who is the Bridge to Reese McGuire
Nov14

First Pitch: The Bridge to Elias Diaz, Who is the Bridge to Reese McGuire

Russell Martin hasn’t signed anywhere yet, but it’s only a matter of time until he ends up picking his team. I don’t think that team will be the Pittsburgh Pirates, as I think his rumored asking price, plus the big market teams involved, will price the Pirates out of the mix. They are currently set up to go with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart in 2015, if that happens. That combo would cost less than $2.5 M,...

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Andrew McCutchen Finishes Third in MVP Voting
Nov13

Andrew McCutchen Finishes Third in MVP Voting

Major League Baseball announced the National League Most Valuable Player award on Thursday night. Andrew McCutchen finished third behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw(winner) and Giancarlo Stanton in voting. He was looking to win back-to-back MVP awards, which was last done in the NL by Albert Pujols in 2008 and 2009. He was also trying to become just the second Pittsburgh Pirates player to win multiple award, following Barry...

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AFL: Joely Rodriguez Finishes on a Sour Note, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times
Nov13

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Finishes on a Sour Note, Elias Diaz Reaches Base Three Times

On Thursday afternoon, Joely Rodriguez started the last game of the Arizona Fall League season. He came into the game with an 0.95 ERA, best among all starting pitchers in the AFL, but he didn’t continue his season-long success. Josh Bell and Elias Diaz were also in the lineup representing the Pittsburgh Pirates. Scottsdale won 8-5 over Salt River, giving them a 12-20 record. Rodriguez started the first inning by allowing a line...

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Notes: Cervelli Trade History, Future of Ike Davis, d’Arnaud Signs With Phillies
Nov13

Notes: Cervelli Trade History, Future of Ike Davis, d’Arnaud Signs With Phillies

Last night I mentioned that the Pittsburgh Pirates had previously expressed interest in Francisco Cervelli multiple times. They finally acquired him from the Yankees yesterday for Justin Wilson. Joel Sherman reports that this isn’t the first time a Wilson/Cervelli deal was proposed. Sometimes trades take time to occur: #Yankees proposed Cervelli for Wilson 2 yrs ago. Teams re-visited at times. Finally got done #Pirates —...

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Pirates One of Four Teams Still in the Mix For Russell Martin
Nov13

Pirates One of Four Teams Still in the Mix For Russell Martin

Bruce Levine reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Toronto Blue Jays are all still in on free agent catcher Russell Martin, and that all four teams believe he is a major difference maker. Cubs -Pirates -Dodgers -Toronto all still in the mix for Russell Martin All believe he is a major difference maker ,handling the game — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 13, 2014 The Pirates just...

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