First Pitch: It’s Time For Gaby Sanchez to Get Appreciated as a Good Platoon Player
Nov25

First Pitch: It’s Time For Gaby Sanchez to Get Appreciated as a Good Platoon Player

I took a break from working on the 2015 Prospect Guide today to respond to a question about whether Allen Craig would be a good replacement for Gaby Sanchez as the right-handed half of the first base platoon. My response was that Sanchez has been better in his career against lefties than Craig. My first mistake was even entering a discussion about Gaby Sanchez and saying something other thanĀ “Gaby Sanchez is the worst player...

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Pirates Release Catcher Ramon Cabrera
Nov24

Pirates Release Catcher Ramon Cabrera

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released catcher Ramon Cabrera. He was one of the players dropped from the 40-man roster on Thursday to make room for others that needed to be protected from the Rule V draft. Cabrera was picked up in August as a waiver claim from the Detroit Tigers and hit .239/.286/.413 in 12 games with Altoona. It was his second go around in the system. He was originally signed as an amateur free agent in 2008 out of...

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Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump
Nov24

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Reaches Base Five Times, Willy Garcia Continues Slump

Saturday night was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates news in winter ball, except for Venezuela. Elias Diaz went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a throwing error in his second game of winter ball. Diaz made his debut on Friday night, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Elvis Escobar pinch-ran in the eighth inning and stayed in the game as the DH. He went 0-for-1 with a run scored. He made his debut on Wednesday as a defensive...

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Pirates Trade Ike Davis to Oakland A’s
Nov23

Pirates Trade Ike Davis to Oakland A’s

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Oakland A’s in exchange for international slot money according to Susan Slusser. Davis was designated for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for the Pirates to protect players from the Rule V draft. The Pirates and A’s exchanged international slot spots, with the Pirates getting the amount designated for slot #27($501,900), while the...

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Pirates Sign Catcher Sebastian Valle
Nov22

Pirates Sign Catcher Sebastian Valle

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Sebastian Valle as a minor league free agent. The 24-year-old has spent the last eight seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies system, playing parts of two seasons at AAA. They also announced the signing of catcher Miguel Perez, though he was strictly a coach in 2014 and only played a total of nine games over the 2012-13 seasons, so don’t expect to see him on the field unless they need an...

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Pirates to Sign Radhames Liz to a Big League Deal
Nov21

Pirates to Sign Radhames Liz to a Big League Deal

By now the Pittsburgh Pirates are the only people who haven’t saidĀ that Radhames Liz is signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. That’s not a surprise, since the Pirates rarely comment on a move until it is finalized, with the physical complete, and the ink dry on the paper. At the start of the week, we heard reports out of Korea and the Dominican Republic, saying the Pirates had agreed to a two-year, $3 M deal with Liz....

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