Jeff Banister to Interview For Texas Rangers Managerial Position
Oct04

Jeff Banister to Interview For Texas Rangers Managerial Position

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (via Bucs Dugout), Pittsburgh Pirates’ bench coach Jeff Banister will interview for the open managerial spot for the Texas Rangers. This is the second time we have heard Banister’s name mentioned for a managerial opening. He was interviewed by the Houston Astros, who decided to go with A.J. Hinch. Banister has never managed in the big leagues. He has spent 29 seasons...

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Jose Tabata Designated For Assignment
Oct03

Jose Tabata Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Jose Tabata for assignment, according to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t MLBTR). Tabata was outrighted earlier this season, after going unclaimed on waivers. The outfielder is unlikely to be claimed this time around, since the same conditions exist as last time. He’s got a horrible contract, with over $9 M due to him over the next two seasons. He will likely clear waivers, and be...

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Pirates Acquire Preston Guilmet From Orioles
Oct03

Pirates Acquire Preston Guilmet From Orioles

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that they acquired right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. Guilmet has pitched in the majors each of the last two seasons, posting a 5.23 ERA in 10.1 innings over ten relief appearances this year. The 27-year-old made four appearances for the Cleveland Indians last year and had a 10.13 ERA in 5.1 innings. He spent most of the last two...

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Vin Mazzaro and Chris McGuiness Elect Free Agency
Oct03

Vin Mazzaro and Chris McGuiness Elect Free Agency

According to the transactions page on MiLB.com, pitcher Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Chris McGuiness have both elected to become free agents. McGuiness was recently dropped from the 40-man roster when the Pirates added John Holdzkom to the roster. Mazzaro has been back and forth between the Pirates and Indianapolis over the last two seasons. McGuiness led all Pirates minor league players this year with 31 doubles. The 26-year-old was...

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AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014
Oct03

AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014

Left-handed Pitcher Tom Harlan spent the first year and a half of his minor league career as a reliever, and was extremely efficient. At Low A West Virginia in 2013, Harlan had a 2.27 ERA in 74 innings to go along with an impressive 74/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2014, 24-year-old Harlan continued his success out of the bullpen in High A Bradenton, posting a 2.49 ERA with a 41/9 k/bb rate in 50.2 innings pitched. This success...

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First Pitch: Why You Should Now Cheer For the Royals as a Pirates Fan
Oct03

First Pitch: Why You Should Now Cheer For the Royals as a Pirates Fan

I started working on a Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 season recap today, but truthfully I need a few days to digest the end of the season before I get started on that. I was also going to be on the road for most of today, and didn’t want to rush through the article. So I’m hoping to have my thoughts on the season on Sunday, along with an early off-season look. For now, a simple question: With the Pirates out, who are you pulling...

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