• Taking a Look at the Pirates’ Crowded Bullpen

    Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they had signed right handed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Cruz was considered one of the better set-up men in the game just a few years ago, and is coming off a pretty good year pitching out...

  • A Detailed Look at the Early Results From the 2008 Draft

    On Monday I explored the question of when you could start grading a draft. While you can always apply a grade to a draft, it’s hard to get a grade that looks final until a few years down the line. A lot of the times people will grade drafts based on what...

  • Does a Big Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates?

    The 2011-2012 off-season has been somewhat amusing. At the start of the off-season, the big focus was on the options of Paul Maholm, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, and Ronny Cedeno. The Pirates declined all four options, much to the dismay of Pirates fans, who didn’t think the team could replace those four...

  • When Is The Best Time To Grade A Draft?

    It’s no secret that the bulk of the rebuilding process by the Pittsburgh Pirates has been primarily focused on the MLB draft. The Pirates have spent more than any other team in the majors over the last four years, including a single season record in 2011. In the process of spending this...

  • BA Ranks Pirates’ Farm System 13th

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  • Early Look At the Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Payroll

    When I was writing about a possible long term Edwin Jackson deal the other day, I reached a point where I started thinking about how a long term deal would fit in with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ payroll commitments. A quick look at our Future Payroll page shows that the Pirates don’t have...

  • Pirates Have Four Players in MLB.com Top 100

    MLB.com has released their top 100 prospects for the 2012 season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended up with four players on the list. The four players ranked were pitchers Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole, and outfielders Starling Marte and Josh Bell. The Pirates already had a strong showing in the positional rankings,...

  • Is This the 2002-2003 Off-Season All Over Again?

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  • 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Arbitration Results

    Yesterday was the deadline for teams and arbitration eligible players to exchange salary figures for arbitration. The Pittsburgh Pirates reached pre-arbitration deals with six of the eight eligible players, and exchanged figures with the remaining two players. Here is a look at how each player did through arbitration, looking at the MLBTR...

  • Brock Holt Interview: 2012 Version

    In January 2011 we had a chance to talk to Brock Holt as he got ready for the upcoming season. That interview can be read here. Last year he was coming off a season ending knee injury at this time, looking forward to what would end up being his first full season...