Pirates Get A First Round Compensation Pick In the 2013 Draft

Major League Baseball held their first Competitive Balance Lottery today, awarding compensation picks to small market and low revenue teams. The Pittsburgh Pirates received the second pick in the first compensation round. The Pirates had a 10.5% chance of getting the top pick in the draft, and were tied for the fourth most combinations in the lottery, based on their 2011 standings. Their pick currently would be 33rd overall in the...

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Justin Upton and Overrating Prospects

So far the morning trade rumors today surround Justin Upton. Not much is new in the talks, although Jon Morosi of FOX Sports takes a detailed look at the Pittsburgh Pirates. Morosi says that the Pirates have remained in contact with Arizona. He notes that Neal Huntington has refused to part with Starling Marte or Jameson Taillon, although the former is counter to what we heard Sunday, with reports saying the Pirates would deal Marte....

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Pirates Draft Signing Recap: Is the System to Blame For Appel Not Signing?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are facing a problem that they haven’t faced in the last several years: they were unable to reach a deal with a draft pick that was considered a difficult sign. In years past, all the Pirates had to do was throw money at the draft pick to get a deal done. This year, Major League Baseball reworked the draft to limit spending. The end result was that the Pirates were unable to sign first round pick Mark...

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Pirates Looking to Add a Bat at the Deadline

Despite Pittsburgh seeing a huge surge on offense since the month of June, the Pirates are still looking to acquire a bat by the trade deadline. Manager Clint Hurdle said that even though the club has been better offensively, it has not changed their decision to actively pursue at the trade deadline. “We’re in a buying mode,” Hurdle said. “I think we need to be optimistic, but realistic on who are, what we are,...

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Pirates Interested in Justin Upton

Yesterday we heard from Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports that the Pittsburgh Pirates were interested in Carlos Quentin and Shane Victorino. Today, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Pirates are also interested in Justin Upton. Upton is considered one of the best young players in the game. He’s also under team control through the 2015 season. Morosi mentions that Upton would cost a lot, and that the question is...

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Alen Hanson Leads Baseball America’s Hot Sheet With Sano Comparison

Baseball America has released their weekly hot sheet, and Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop prospect Alen Hanson is number one this week. Hanson hit for a .324/.343/.735 line in 34 at-bats with four homers over the last week to get to the top spot. The writeup on Hanson made an interesting note on Miguel Sano. Sano was signed in 2009, the same year that Hanson was signed. The article points out that Hanson received less fanfare and money....

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