Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Sent Home From Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around
Dec10

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Sent Home From Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around

Monday was a very slow day for winter league action. There were only two games on the schedule and one Pittsburgh Pirates player saw action. There was big news however from the Dominican. Tony Sanchez was sent home due to poor performance. That isn’t surprising as he was hitting .100, having issues on defense, and in his last game, he batted ninth and was pinch-hit for in the seventh inning. While we consider winter leagues as...

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First Pitch: Is Pittsburgh Finally Becoming a Destination For Free Agents?
Dec10

First Pitch: Is Pittsburgh Finally Becoming a Destination For Free Agents?

A few years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates tried to go after Jorge De La Rosa, offering him a three-year deal. He ended up re-signing with the Colorado Rockies, in part because they gave him a player option and the Pirates wouldn’t, but also to remain with a team that he was familiar and comfortable with. A year later, they pursued Edwin Jackson on a three-year deal. He ended up turning them down to sign a one year deal with the...

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Pirates Agree With Francisco Liriano on a Three Year, $39 M Deal
Dec09

Pirates Agree With Francisco Liriano on a Three Year, $39 M Deal

By now it’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates are prioritizing re-signing Francisco Liriano. They need a starting pitcher, and he seems to be the top choice. Robert Murray had an update today, saying the team appeared to be close to re-signing the lefty. Source: #Pirates appear to be close to re-signing LHP Francisco Liriano. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) December 9, 2014 There have been a lot of issues with...

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First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week
Dec09

First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week

I’ve been finishing up the profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide over the last week, getting ready to send the book to the publisher on Friday. In the process, I’ve noticed a bit of a roster crunch in the upper levels when it comes to first base. The Pirates currently have more first base and outfield options than they have positions in Altoona and Indianapolis. A few of the prospects who will play in the upper levels are...

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Notes: Trade Targets, Lindblom Role, Liz Deal Holdup, Completing the Rodriguez Deal
Dec08

Notes: Trade Targets, Lindblom Role, Liz Deal Holdup, Completing the Rodriguez Deal

There weren’t many big rumors surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates in today’s Winter Meetings. That’s not unexpected, since their main focus will be adding a starting pitcher, and the starting pitching market won’t open up until Jon Lester signs, which could be in the next day. Here are the smaller scale updates from day one of the Winter Meetings. **Rob Biertempfel says that the Pirates inquired on Jeff...

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Pirates Claim RHP Josh Lindblom From the Athletics, Outright Angel Sanchez
Dec08

Pirates Claim RHP Josh Lindblom From the Athletics, Outright Angel Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right-handed pitcher Josh Lindblom from the Oakland Athletics, and have outrighted right-handed pitcher Angel Sanchez off the 40-man roster to Indianapolis. The 40-man roster was at 39 before the move, so the decision to outright Sanchez was interesting. That could be a move designed to select a player in the Rule 5 draft later in the week. Lindblom has 136.2 innings in the majors, mostly as a...

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