First Pitch: Decision Day For Francisco Liriano
Nov10

First Pitch: Decision Day For Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano has a decision to make. He can reject his qualifying offer, enter the open market and try to get a three or four-year deal with a lot more guaranteed money, but risk his draft pick compensation hurting his market. Or, he can accept his qualifying offer, receive $15.3 M for one year, hope that his 2015 season goes just as well as the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and try again next year for a big contract. I’ve said...

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Russell Martin Will Reject His Qualifying Offer
Nov09

Russell Martin Will Reject His Qualifying Offer

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Russell Martin will reject his qualifying offer. This news really isn’t a surprise, since pretty much everyone knew Martin was never going to accept the deal. He’s set to receive a huge payday this off-season, getting four or five years, and likely around the same average annual value as the $15.3 M that the qualifying offer would have paid him. Martin met with the Cubs this week. He...

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Francisco Liriano Still Deciding Whether to Accept Pirates Qualifying Offer
Nov09

Francisco Liriano Still Deciding Whether to Accept Pirates Qualifying Offer

According to Ken Rosenthal, Francisco Liriano is still deciding whether to accept the qualifying offer made by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. Rosenthal says that the lefty is considering “several options.” Sources: Liriano still deciding whether to accept #Pirates ' qualifying offer, considering "several options." — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 9, 2014 Obviously Liriano is still deciding,...

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Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around in the Dominican
Nov09

Winter Leagues: Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around in the Dominican

Stolmy Pimentel is looking to make up for some lost innings this year by pitching in the Dominican, but he didn’t get much time in on Saturday night. Pimentel gave up five earned runs on six hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He threw a wild pitch and failed to pick up a strikeout. This was the third winter start for him and his ERA now sits at 11.05 through 7.1 innings. Pimentel has allowed 13 hits, with four walks and four...

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AFL: Joely Rodriguez Continues Impressive Fall Campaign
Nov07

AFL: Joely Rodriguez Continues Impressive Fall Campaign

On Friday night in the Arizona Fall League, Joely Rodriguez made his sixth start of the season and he continued his strong, season-long performance. All three Pittsburgh Pirates hitters were in the starting lineup, as Scottsdale defeated Glendale 1-0, giving them an 11-17 record. There are five games left in the AFL season. Rodriguez gave up a walk and a single in the first inning, but managed to avoid any damage by getting a double...

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Pirates Claim Infielder Jake Elmore
Nov07

Pirates Claim Infielder Jake Elmore

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder Jake Elmore from the Cincinnati Reds. With the move, the 40-man roster now stands at 36 spots full. Elmore has played parts of the last three seasons in the majors, spending 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2013 with the Houston Astros and 2014 with the Reds. In 87 games, the 27-year-old has a .221/.288/.291 slash line. Elmore still has one option left, so if he doesn’t make the...

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