Prospect Rewind: How Exicardo Cayones Changed Our Prospect Rankings
Nov01

Prospect Rewind: How Exicardo Cayones Changed Our Prospect Rankings

Earlier this week the 2014 Prospect Guide was made available for pre-sales, with a target release date of mid-December after the Winter Meetings. In the weeks leading up to the release of the book, we’ll be looking back at some of the reports from previous editions to see what we were previously saying about certain players. In this process, you can expect to see some positive reports that ended up being exactly right....

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First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?
Nov01

First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?

It’s time to put on the General Manager hats. Over the last few weeks I’ve been recapping the 2013 season, providing a look ahead at each position for 2014, and looking at possible free agents for certain positions. What we know is that the Pirates will have question marks at first base, right field, and starting pitcher. There are other concerns, such as the backup middle infield spot, and which catcher will take the...

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Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes
Oct31

Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes

Tom Singer has some free agent updates for the Pirates, highlighted by the Pirates being eager to sign three of their seven free agents: A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes. Singer notes that the Pirates will likely make Burnett a qualifying offer, but that they don’t need to rush negotiations since he’s deciding between the Pirates and retiring. He also says that Neal Huntington could push hard to re-sign Barmes...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Catcher
Oct31

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Catcher

It was almost one year ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin to a two-year deal. The move ended up being outstanding, although it wasn’t seen as an earth shattering move at the time. Some pointed to Martin’s .211 batting average the previous year. Some felt that a combination of Tony Sanchez and Michael McKenry could do the same as Martin for cheaper. Some worried about Martin’s numbers declining. I...

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2013-2014 Off Season Primer
Oct31

2013-2014 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end last night, the 2013/2014 off-season officially begins today.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics. 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no later than five days after the end of the World Series, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The deadline this year is on Monday.  The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have five players on the 60-day...

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The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014
Oct30

The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014

The free agent market is always weak when it comes to shortstop. Some years there are guys like Jose Reyes, but they usually go to the highest bidders on massive contracts. Most teams hold onto their shortstops, and most teams hoard shortstop prospects. As a result, if the Pirates want a good shortstop, they’re going to have to develop one internally. That could happen in a few years with Alen Hanson. Until then, the Pirates...

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