• Why an Andrew McCutchen Deal Would Be Impossible

    Earlier we heard a rumor from Keith Law that the Pittsburgh Pirates would listen on center fielder Andrew McCutchen.  Since that report came out, we’ve heard from Dejan Kovacevic that the Pirates aren’t trading McCutchen and have no intention of doing so.  Law’s report never said the team was shopping McCutchen, just...

  • Where Can the Pirates Add An Impact Player?

    With the signing of Clint Barmes this past week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their second move to upgrade the 2012 team from the team we saw in 2011.  But if you’re expecting a huge upgrade, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Anyone who takes a look at the available options at catcher...

  • Off-Season Transactions Page

    Throughout the 2011-2012 off-season we will be keeping track of every move the Pittsburgh Pirates make, both to the major league team, and to the minor league system.  To keep track of all of the additions to the system throughout the off-season, bookmark the new Off-Season Transactions page.

  • A Closer Look At the CBA

    Yesterday Major League Baseball announced the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  I talked about how the CBA essentially eliminated the Pittsburgh Pirates from contention forever.  Maybe the title of the post was a little bit for effect, but the CBA definitely wasn’t good for the small market team. I think your view on...

  • The Day the Pirates Were Forever Eliminated From Contention

    I tried to watch the press conference where Bud Selig announced the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, although it was hard to keep track of the announcement while following all of the details on Twitter.  I didn’t catch every word that was said, so I probably missed an announcement that went something like...

  • Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with shortstop Clint Barmes on a two year deal, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.  We heard previously that the Pirates were the leaders for Barmes, and were close to signing him.  The team hasn't made an official announcement on the move, although the article mentions...

  • The Truth About Waiver Claims

    Among the moves made by the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, the team made two waiver claims, selecting right handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner off of waivers from the San Diego Padres, and taking catcher Brian Jeroloman off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.  In almost every case of a waiver claim, the reception...

  • Paging Dr. Rosenrosen – Hamate Bone Fractures

    Robbie Grossman recently underwent surgery to have a portion of his hamate bone removed. What exactly is the hamate bone?

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Rule 5 Draft Eligible Players

    The Pittsburgh Pirates protected six players from the 2011 Rule 5 draft, adding Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, Jordy Mercer, and Duke Welker to the 40-man roster.  That left the following players eligible for the 2011 Rule 5 draft. Eligible Players The first group of players are first time...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates AFL Pitch F/X Data

    Inman's fastball ranged as high as 96 MPH. One of the benefits of the Arizona Fall League is that two of the six parks have Pitch F/X data, which allows us to get some accurate radar readings of how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are throwing.  This year we didn't see everyone in...

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