• 2011-2012 Off Season Primer

    With the World Series coming to an end tonight, the 2011/2012 off-season officially begins tomorrow.  You can check out all of the important off-season dates on the Off-Season Calendar.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics: 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list no...

  • Lobbying For the Wrong Move to Be Made

    A week from today, Maholm will most likely be a free agent. The Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the World Series last night, and could potentially win it all on Wednesday.  If they lose, that means the series will be decided on Thursday.  For the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the other...

  • Underscoring the Value of Home Grown Ace Potential

    The Pirates have 4 pitchers in their system right now that profile as #1 ace-level pitchers, something they have not been able to cultivate through their system in a very long time.

  • 2012 Free Agent Options: Starting Pitching

    For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, the 2012 free agent market for starting pitchers will be simple: compare everyone to Paul Maholm.  The Pirates made it clear that they wouldn't be bringing Maholm back in 2012, despite having a $9.75 M option for him to return.  With the starting rotation looking like it needs...

  • How Free Agent Compensation Works

    There have been a lot of questions in the past few days about free agent compensation and offering arbitration to pending free agents.  The process isn't one we've had to cover in Pittsburgh for quite some time.  That's mostly because the Pirates haven't seen many ranked free agents in recent years.  Most...

  • Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

    Derrek Lee is the best first baseman on the market this year outside of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. In looking at the numbers for the upcoming first basemen, one thing stood out to me: Derrek Lee is good. That's kind of obvious if you watched what Lee did in his limited...

  • Why Aren’t the Pirates Keeping Paul Maholm?

    It seems that every year there is a big story in the off-season that always leads to the same result.  The Pittsburgh Pirates make a move, the move is unfavorable to the fan base, and the immediate reaction is to speculate on what this means for the remainder of the off-season.  Usually...

  • Pirates Set to Downgrade 90-Loss Team

    The Pirates in 2011 improved from 105 losses to 90, certainly a significant step forward even though they remain a bad team.  With the playoffs still underway, however, they’ve made it clear that they intend to move quickly backward toward another 100-odd losses in 2012.  It’s long been known that they don’t...

  • Why I Hate Moneyball

    Coming in to the 2011 season, Major League Baseball had 9 teams with an Opening Day payroll that was greater than $110 M.  Aside from that fact, those teams all share one thing in common: they have all seen the end to their 2011 seasons. The league championship series matchups will see...

  • One Year Ago: Morton Deserves Another Shot

    One year ago today, Pittsburgh Pirates right handed pitcher Charlie Morton was coming off a disaster of a season.  In 79.2 innings he posted a 7.57 ERA, spanning 17 starts.  Despite the poor numbers, I wrote about how Morton deserved another shot.  I looked at Morton’s 2009 season (good results, minus the...

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