• When It Makes Sense to Give Up a Draft Pick

    In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round.  Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick.  They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect. In 2011 the Pirates...

  • Internal Options For the 2012 Season

    Following the announcements yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates had turned down all four player options, Pirates fans began to panic.  The panic was the same thing we see at the beginning of every off-season: the worry that the Pirates wouldn't add anyone over the next five months, and would enter the 2012...

  • MLBTR Predicts a Busy Off-Season For Pirates

    Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team.  The predictions are what they are: one person's guess on how the off-season will play out.  They're far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion.  This...

  • 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...

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