Pirates Acquire Right-Handed Pitcher Rob Scahill From the Rockies
Nov11

Pirates Acquire Right-Handed Pitcher Rob Scahill From the Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right-handed pitcher Rob Scahill from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Shane Carle. Scahill was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week. Scahill has pitched 57 innings in the majors, all in relief, over the last three seasons. In that time he has a 4.42 ERA and a 4.56 xFIP, along with a 5.5 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9. I’m guessing the Pirates like the stuff, with...

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Pirates Will Acquire a Catcher if Russell Martin Signs Elsewhere
Nov11

Pirates Will Acquire a Catcher if Russell Martin Signs Elsewhere

This morning on MLB Network, Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington was a guest on Hot Stove and had some interesting comments on the Pirates off-season plans, including their back-up plan if catcher Russell Martin doesn’t re-sign with the club. Below are some excerpts from the interview, which focused on the plan of attack this winter. Huntington is currently in Arizona attending the GM meetings. The biggest revelation might...

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Winter League: Willy Garcia Homers, Continues Hot Streak
Nov11

Winter League: Willy Garcia Homers, Continues Hot Streak

In the Dominican on Sunday night, Willy Garcia went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and his first stolen base. The double was his fifth of the season. Garcia is hitting .341 in 44 at-bats. Mel Rojas Jr. went 1-for-5 with an RBI. He has a .258 average in 17 games and has driven in seven runs. Carlos Paulino went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He has started three times in the last four days after playing twice in the first four...

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First Pitch: Pirates Could Have 3 of the Top 32 Picks, Plus $9 M to Spend in 2015 Draft
Nov11

First Pitch: Pirates Could Have 3 of the Top 32 Picks, Plus $9 M to Spend in 2015 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t had much experience with free agent compensation picks in the last 20+ years. They got a pick for Ryan Doumit leaving in 2012. Prior to that, their last supplemental picks were in the 1993 draft, which they received for the departures of Barry Bonds and Doug Drabek. That was all under an old system. The new CBA, which went into effect three years ago, changed the process of receiving comp picks for...

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Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin Reject Qualifying Offers
Nov10

Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin Reject Qualifying Offers

We’re now less than half an hour away from the deadline for decisions on the qualifying offers, and it looks like Francisco Liriano has decided to reject his offer from the Pirates, according to Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com. Francisco Liriano will reject the $15.3 million qualifying offer from the #Pirates, per league source. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) November 10, 2014 The #Pirates have not been informed on...

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The 2015 Predicted Free Agent Prices For Martin, Liriano, and Volquez
Nov10

The 2015 Predicted Free Agent Prices For Martin, Liriano, and Volquez

Every year at the start of free agency, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes an article with predictions on free agent prices, citing an unbiased GM, scout, and his own prediction for each of the top 50 free agents. It’s a fun article that gives us an idea of what the industry expects each player to receive. This year’s version of the article is significant, as it looks at what guys like Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano can...

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