First Pitch: The New Prospect Ranking System in the 2014 Prospect Guide
Dec17

First Pitch: The New Prospect Ranking System in the 2014 Prospect Guide

I’ve always made it known that I don’t like numerical ranking lists for prospects. They’re simple. They’re fun. They generate a lot of interest. But they don’t tell the entire story. A numerical ranking system will tell you that one player is ranked higher than another player, but it won’t tell you exactly how good one player is to another player ranked below him. There are many cases where one...

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Week In Review: Pirates Still Need a First Baseman After the Winter Meetings
Dec15

Week In Review: Pirates Still Need a First Baseman After the Winter Meetings

The Winter Meetings are over, and the Pittsburgh Pirates made a few additions to the team during the week. None of the additions represented a big splash, and the biggest addition they made this week requires a lot of faith in Ray Searage. The one position they didn’t fill was first base. Several options went off the board, although the Pirates still have plenty of possibilities if they want to find a first baseman to platoon...

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Pirates Designate Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid For Assignment
Dec13

Pirates Designate Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the signings of Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes official. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid for assignment. Sands isn’t a surprise, since he was out of options and didn’t fit into the Pirates plans as a top choice for the right field position. He had horrible numbers in Triple-A last year, along with some injury problems. If he clears...

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Orioles Want to Talk to A.J. Burnett
Dec13

Orioles Want to Talk to A.J. Burnett

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Baltimore Orioles are waiting to hear if A.J. Burnett wants to pitch in 2014. #orioles still waiting to find out whether A.J. Burnett wants to pitch in 2014. If so, they want to talk to him. Met with rep at meetings — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 13, 2013 Kubatko says that the Orioles want to talk to Burnett, and that they met with his representative at the Winter Meetings. The...

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Who are the Remaining First Base Options?
Dec13

Who are the Remaining First Base Options?

James Loney is off the market, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are still looking for a first baseman. Fortunately for the Pirates, the Milwaukee Brewers are the only real competition. There are several first base options on the trade market who could fill a need. Here is a quick rundown of the remaining players. Ike Davis – He’s estimated to make $3.5 M in 2014 through arbitration. The Mets have been talking with the Brewers...

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James Loney on the Verge of a Deal With the Rays
Dec13

James Loney on the Verge of a Deal With the Rays

Buster Olney reports that James Loney is on the verge of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. James Loney is on the verge of an agreement with the Tampa Bay Rays; a multi-year deal. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 13, 2013 The deal would be a multi-year deal, according to Loney. It appears that the Pirates will have to turn to the trade market with Loney off the table. It will be interesting to see what he ended up signing...

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