• 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

    In its just-published annual Prospect Handbook, Baseball America ranked the Pirates' farm system 13th in baseball, up from 19th a year ago.  The system no doubt was helped by the addition of two high-end talents in the 2011 draft--pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell--as well as by breakout seasons by Starling...

  • 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?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates had one of their best off-seasons in 2002-2003 from a free agency standpoint. I feel that disclaimer is necessary because while the Pirates made some strong free agent signings that off-season, they also lost Chris Young and Bronson Arroyo for nothing during the same off-season. The Pirates did have...

  • 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...

  • Adam Jones – A Floor for Starling Marte

    Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles may be a good example of how Starling Marte can succeed in the majors without a great walk rate.

  • The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Infields Ever

    SEE ALSO: The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Outfields Ever Determining the best Pirate infield ever is mainly a matter of figuring out how to delineate the various infields that Honus Wagner was a part of.  He dominated the game in his day like few other players have dominated it.  Not only that, but...

  • The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Outfields Ever

    Despite what we’ve seen over the last two decades, the Pirates during their long history have had some mighty good infields and outfields.  No, really.  Inspired by a brief exchange on a message board recently, I thought it’d be interesting to try to determine which ones were the best. As a measure,...

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