MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects For the 2015 Draft
Dec04

MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects For the 2015 Draft

MLB.com has posted their list of the top 50 draft prospects for the 2015 amateur draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 20th overall pick in the first round, which could still move up. They began the off-season with the 23rd overall pick, but that was before three teams ahead of them with unprotected picks signed a free agent that cost them their first round pick. The Pirates also have a compensation pick for losing Russell Martin and...

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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Add Two More Starting Pitchers?
Dec04

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Add Two More Starting Pitchers?

Whether it’s the trade market or free agents, the starting pitching market is currently being held up by one person: Jon Lester. Once Lester signs, other dominos will fall. The Pittsburgh Pirates will be one of the teams looking for a pitcher. They have the money to spend, and they have the need. That need is not only for a pitcher, but for a quality pitcher who can be one of the best starters in the rotation. They needed two...

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Pirates Sign Left-Hander Clayton Richard to a Minor League Deal
Dec03

Pirates Sign Left-Hander Clayton Richard to a Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-hander Clayton Richard to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League camp. Richard missed a lot of the 2014 season after recovering from AC joint surgery in 2013, and thoracic outlet surgery during the 2013-14 off-season. He signed a minor league deal with Arizona mid-season, but only made four appearances between Double-A and Triple-A, with poor results as a starter. Richard has a...

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Links: Trade Values, Mark Melancon’s Arbitration Price
Dec03

Links: Trade Values, Mark Melancon’s Arbitration Price

Two interesting links to share this morning, while I take a brief break from writing profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide. **Every year, Jonah Keri at Grantland releases a “Trade Values” series, looking at the top 50 most valuable assets in baseball. Part one of his list went up today, and includes two Pirates outfielders. Gregory Polanco ranked 45th, falling into a tier of talented young outfielders, along with Jorge Soler...

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Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Outpitches Stolmy Pimentel
Dec03

Winter Leagues: Joely Rodriguez Outpitches Stolmy Pimentel

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they signed Gorkys Hernandez and Deibinson Romero on Monday. Both players are taking part in winter ball, with Hernandez playing in Venezuela and Romero seeing time in the Dominican. Neither player is hitting well so far. Hernandez plays for Caribes de Anzoategui and he is hitting .242/.326/.282 in 36 games. Romero is on Leones del Escogido, where he is hitting .222/.243/.278 in 14 games. Fangraphs...

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First Pitch: The Next Steps For Arbitration, Extension Candidates, and New Free Agents
Dec03

First Pitch: The Next Steps For Arbitration, Extension Candidates, and New Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Chaz Roe and Gaby Sanchez tonight, while tendering every other player, including the 11 players who are eligible for arbitration. The next step will be an attempt to work out deals with each player, and avoiding arbitration. The next important date will be January 13th, when the players have to officially file for arbitration. On January 16th, the two sides will exchange arbitration figures....

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