2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen
Oct29

2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired a lot of bounce back candidates in their bullpen, with a lot of those guys actually bouncing back. That approach led to one of the top bullpens in baseball during the 2013 season. Most of that bullpen was returning in 2014, and the Pirates looked to be in good shape. What led to the success in 2013 was the Pirates going out and getting players who were coming off down years,...

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Isn’t Hitting Homers, But Keeps Getting On Base
Oct29

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Isn’t Hitting Homers, But Keeps Getting On Base

Monday night was a slow night in winter ball, with just one game scheduled in each active league. In the Dominican, Wirfin Obispo retired all three batters he faced. He has thrown 4.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run. In Venezuela, Julio Vivas threw a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit. He has thrown 2.2 scoreless innings over four appearances, giving up one hit and no walks. In Mexico, Dean Anna went 0-for-3 with an...

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First Pitch: Would Adam Lind Be a Good Trade Target For the Pirates?
Oct29

First Pitch: Would Adam Lind Be a Good Trade Target For the Pirates?

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates were connected to every first base option that might have been available, regardless of whether the players were actually available or not. One of the connections was Adam Lind, with the Pirates reportedly asking Toronto about him, and the Blue Jays also reportedly asking for Neil Walker in return. The rumor mill last year said that the Blue Jays would consider moving Lind, but that they were intending...

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AFL: Thomas Harlan Strikes Out Seven, Two Hits For Elias Diaz in Loss
Oct28

AFL: Thomas Harlan Strikes Out Seven, Two Hits For Elias Diaz in Loss

Before getting into the game recap from Tuesday, there is an Arizona Fall League update for Friday afternoon. Originally, no Scottsdale games were listed on the tv schedule from the AFL site, but that was(and still is) wrong. Scottsdale will be on MLB Network Friday afternoon and Joely Rodriguez will be the starting pitcher. He was just named the AFL Pitcher of the Week. Two other interesting notes from that game. It is played in Salt...

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Joely Rodriguez Named AFL Pitcher of the Week
Oct28

Joely Rodriguez Named AFL Pitcher of the Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez was named the Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week. Rodriguez won both of his starts last week, giving up one run over eight innings. He allowed six hits, one walk and struck out eight batters. In four starts, he has a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings, holding batters to a .234 BAA, while posting a 13:3 SO/BB ratio. Rodriguez makes his next start on Friday...

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A Look at What Free Agency Could Bring For Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez
Oct28

A Look at What Free Agency Could Bring For Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez

Over the last two days, there have been a few articles written on two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ free agents, Russell Martin and Edinson Volquez, looking at what those guys could make in free agency. In Martin’s case, everyone agrees that he will receive a huge payday, although there hasn’t really been a consensus on the amount he could receive, or the years. From the looks of things, there is no consensus in MLB...

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