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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First Pitch: Bye, Bye, Russell Martin? And Other Analysis on the Francisco Cervelli Trade
Nov13

First Pitch: Bye, Bye, Russell Martin? And Other Analysis on the Francisco Cervelli Trade

When the Yankees lost Russell Martin in 2013 to free agency, they replaced him with Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli. After acquiring Cervelli tonight, it looks like the Pirates are doing the same thing, although I’m not sure which one will start, or if they’ll split the job. This pretty much signals the end for Russell Martin with the Pirates, which isn’t a surprise considering his rumored demands. The Pirates...

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Pirates Acquire Francisco Cervelli From Yankees In Exchange For Justin Wilson
Nov12

Pirates Acquire Francisco Cervelli From Yankees In Exchange For Justin Wilson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the New York Yankees in exchange for left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson. Cervelli has played parts of seven seasons for the Yankees, although he doesn’t hit free agency until after the 2016 season. He played 49 games this year, hitting .301/.370/.432 in 146 at-bats. He has been at least league average on defense(dWAR) each year during his career and has thrown...

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Tyler Glasnow and Gregory Polanco Highlight MiLB’s Organization All-Star List
Nov12

Tyler Glasnow and Gregory Polanco Highlight MiLB’s Organization All-Star List

On Wednesday, MiLB.com released their organization All-Stars list for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They do a list for all 30 organizations and base the list off the best seasons, not necessarily the best prospects. They pick one player per position, except for pitcher, where they list the best right-handed starter, best lefty starter and best reliever. There is also a spot for a utility fielder. This list is as follows: C – Elias...

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First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate
Nov12

First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how Chris Stewart would be the best option for the Pittsburgh Pirates at catcher if Russell Martin leaves as a free agent. The idea that Martin will leave seems likely. He’s reportedly looking for a five-year deal at $75-80 M, which is close to Brian McCann money (5 years, $85 M). I’m not even sure if Brian McCann deserved Brian McCann money. If that is the price (and it might be...

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AFL: Two Hits For Josh Bell In Scottsdale Loss
Nov11

AFL: Two Hits For Josh Bell In Scottsdale Loss

With just three days left in the Arizona Fall League season, Scottsdale took on Glendale on Tuesday. Josh Bell was the designated hitter and the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. The Scorpions lost 8-4, dropping them to 11-19 on the year with two games left. Tyler Glasnow will start Wednesday, followed by Joely Rodriguez in the season finale on Thursday. In the second inning, Bell had a nice seven pitch at-bat...

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