Pirates Acquire Chris Stewart From the Yankees
Dec02

Pirates Acquire Chris Stewart From the Yankees

According to Buster Olney, the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to acquiring New York Yankees catcher Chris Stewart. The Pirates are on the verge of acquiring catcher Chris Stewart from the Yankees. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 2, 2013 Stewart is a 31 year old catcher and is arbitration eligible for the first time this off-season. He doesn’t do much with the bat, hitting for a career .214/.287/.288 line in 645 career...

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Who Will Be Tendered a Contract by the Pirates Today?
Dec02

Who Will Be Tendered a Contract by the Pirates Today?

Tonight (Monday night) at midnight is the deadline to tender contracts for the 2014 season. Any player who does not have a contract — arbitration eligible players and players with 1-3 years of service time — must be tendered an offer by the deadline, or be non-tendered. If a player is non-tendered, he immediately becomes a free agent. The tender deadline isn’t a big deal for guys making the league minimum. Those guys...

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Week In Review: Dickerson Trade Highlights a Quiet Holiday Week
Dec01

Week In Review: Dickerson Trade Highlights a Quiet Holiday Week

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. I took a few days off from the site and the Prospect Guide to spend time with family. That included cooking a hickory smoked turkey, watching the Penguins beat the Lightning up in Tampa, and making a 30 foot chip for par. You could say that was more activity than the Pirates had this week, as their moves were limited to a minor trade and a few minor league transactions. Next week will...

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Rafael Furcal and What Off-Season Interest Means
Dec01

Rafael Furcal and What Off-Season Interest Means

Earlier this week we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates had shown interest in shortstop Rafael Furcal. On Saturday, we heard the same reports from Furcal himself, who told Enrique Rojas of ESPN that “many teams have shown interest”, and named the Pirates as one of those teams. So far, both reports have come from the Furcal camp, with the first report coming from his agent. This seems like a good time to point out the many...

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First Pitch: Why I Trust Neal Huntington
Nov27

First Pitch: Why I Trust Neal Huntington

If it was up to me, A.J. Burnett would have been given a qualifying offer of $14.1 M. That would have been more than a fair price for Burnett, no matter what valuation system you look at, and no matter what cost per win you use. I also believe that the Pirates have the payroll for Burnett, since that salary would put them right around $77 M, which is a few million more than where they finished last year. Factor in the added revenue...

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Pirates Sign Two Minor League Free Agents
Nov26

Pirates Sign Two Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of two minor league free agents, right-handed pitcher Cody Eppley and catcher Nevin Ashley. Both were signed to minor league contracts and received non-roster invitations to Spring Training. Cody Eppley is 28 years old, 6’5″ righty with major league experience each of the last three years. He fits the Pirates mold of ground ball pitchers, posting a GO/AO ratio above 2.50 in...

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