AFL: Thomas Harlan Throws Three Strong Innings
Oct16

AFL: Thomas Harlan Throws Three Strong Innings

In the Arizona Fall League on Thursday afternoon, it was a quiet game for Pittsburgh Pirates players. Thomas Harlan started the game, but all three position players were on the bench. Scottsdale lost 7-3 to Surprise to drop to 5-4 on the season. Harlan had some issues behind him in the field, getting two ground balls to shortstop that resulted in the first two batters reaching base. He got a ground out from the third batter as well,...

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Pirates Plan to Extend Qualifying Offer to Russell Martin
Oct16

Pirates Plan to Extend Qualifying Offer to Russell Martin

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to extend a qualifying offer to catcher Russell Martin. The $15.3 M qualifying offer ensures that the Pirates will get a draft pick as compensation if Martin ends up signing elsewhere. While the qualifying offer would represent quite a raise for Martin, he is in line for a multi-year deal in the same range, so it’s highly unlikely he would even consider accepting the offer....

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2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball
Oct16

2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a big extension. The deal paid him $51.5 M, locking up all of his arbitration years and buying out control of three free agent years. That season, McCutchen responded with a 6.8 WAR, went on to win an MVP award the next year, and the extension started looking like a massive value for the Pirates. They might have gotten the same massive value with Starling...

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Jeff Banister to be Hired as the New Manager of the Rangers
Oct16

Jeff Banister to be Hired as the New Manager of the Rangers

According to Ken Rosenthal, Jeff Banister will be hired as the manager of the Texas Rangers. Sources: #Rangers to hire #Pirates’ Banister as manager. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 16, 2014 Less than an hour ago, we heard that Banister impressed in his interview, making the hiring process difficult. Obviously he impressed enough to get the job. The immediate question here would be about Banister’s replacement...

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Pirates Signed Three of the Best Independent League Pitchers This Year
Oct16

Pirates Signed Three of the Best Independent League Pitchers This Year

Baseball America released their list of the top independent league players on Thursday, splitting it up between the top five signed and unsigned players. For the signed players, it’s no shock that John Holdzkom was ranked first. He made it all the way to the majors within months of pitching his last game in independent ball. A simple suggestion from his pitching coach this year turned him from a hard-thrower with no control, to...

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AFL: Angel Sanchez Added to Scottsdale Roster, Strikes Out Three in First Inning
Oct16

AFL: Angel Sanchez Added to Scottsdale Roster, Strikes Out Three in First Inning

The Scottsdale game on Wednesday night was a slugfest early, with 17 runs scored in the first four innings. Scottsdale ended up losing 13-11 to drop to 5-3 on the season. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup. Josh Bell was at first base and batting fifth, while Elias Diaz was behind the plate and batting eighth. We announced the other day that Nick Kingham isn’t going to participate in the AFL despite being...

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