The Relief Pitching Market Is Heating Back Up

As expected, the free agent market is starting off slow, with no big deals being announced yet.  Some of that is probably due to the lack of a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  A bigger reason is something I outlined last week: free agency is traditionally slow throughout the month of November. We have heard rumors over the past day about Philadelphia Phillies reliever Ryan Madson being close to a four year,  $44 M deal to return to...

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Pirates Prospects on The Rumbunter Podcast

Last week I was a guest on The Rumbunter Podcast with Cocktailsfor2 & Adam Peindl.  During the show we talked about my cats, the Chicago Cubs, and you know, all the other stuff you expect from a guy that covers the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system.  There was, of course, a lot of prospect talk, some talk about the options that were recently declined, and a preview of what will be included in the 2012 Prospect Guide, which is...

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The Pirates Can’t Trade Jose Tabata

I’ve always believed that the best approach for small market teams is to build a farm system that constantly provides replacements for the players in the majors.  When a star player is ready to leave, the system will ideally have a guy ready to take over and provide the same production.  The system will also allow the team to trade guys away as they get in to their expensive years, while replacing them with an internal option...

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When It Makes Sense to Give Up a Draft Pick

In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round.  Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick.  They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect. In 2011 the Pirates had the 61st overall pick in the draft, picking first in the second round.  Once again, not much was expected prior to the draft.  However, on draft...

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Internal Options For the 2012 Season

Following the announcements yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates had turned down all four player options, Pirates fans began to panic.  The panic was the same thing we see at the beginning of every off-season: the worry that the Pirates wouldn’t add anyone over the next five months, and would enter the 2012 season with the options available in the system. It’s far too early to assume that the Pirates will do nothing this...

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MLBTR Predicts a Busy Off-Season For Pirates

Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team.  The predictions are what they are: one person’s guess on how the off-season will play out.  They’re far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion.  This year’s list has been released, and the predictions by Tim Dierkes suggest a busy off-season for the Pittsburgh...

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