Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field
Dec15

Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field

Over the weekend at PirateFest, several players and Ray Searage met with the media to discuss the upcoming season. Here are some notes from a few of those interviews, starting with a few notes from Searage. **Gerrit Cole was up and down in 2014, but showed flashes of his ace potential, especially in the month of September when he had a 45:6 K/BB ratio to go along with a 2.55 xFIP in 39.1 innings pitched. Ray Searage believes that Cole...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury
Dec15

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury

On Sunday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson returned after missing seven weeks due to a right hand injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch. His return to the lineup didn’t last long though. After playing second base in the first inning(handling one grounder) and then grounding out to third base in the bottom of the inning, Hanson was replaced on defense to start the second. I was told during the game that he was under the...

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Contract Details For Radhames Liz and Updated 2015 Payroll Numbers
Dec13

Contract Details For Radhames Liz and Updated 2015 Payroll Numbers

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their deal with right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz on Friday. Today the details were reported by Rob Biertempfel. The original deal was said to be for two years and $3 M. After some issues with his physical, the two sides reworked the deal and now Liz is signed for $1M over one year. As noted yesterday, Liz only has 0.133 days of service time, so he still has six full years before he hits free agency if...

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First Pitch: You Can’t Say the Pirates Aren’t Focused on Winning in 2015
Dec13

First Pitch: You Can’t Say the Pirates Aren’t Focused on Winning in 2015

In the past few years, there have been questions about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ commitment to winning. There have been complaints that the Pirates aren’t acting like a winning team, and aren’t making moves a winning team should make. Complaints that the Pirates are focused too much on the future, and not enough on the now. Complaints that they’re wasting Andrew McCutchen’s prime years, or that...

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Pirates Officially Sign Radhames Liz, DFA Josh Lindblom
Dec12

Pirates Officially Sign Radhames Liz, DFA Josh Lindblom

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the signing of right-handed pitch Radhames Liz to a one-year deal. The 40-man roster was full with the signing of Francisco Liriano earlier, so recently acquired Josh Lindblom was designated for assignment. We have heard about the signing of Liz for approximately two weeks now. The Pirates were scouting him in the Dominican, where he was playing winter ball. He had interest from 11...

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Pirates Send Buddy Borden to the Rays to Complete the Sean Rodriguez Deal
Dec12

Pirates Send Buddy Borden to the Rays to Complete the Sean Rodriguez Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded right-handed pitcher Buddy Borden to the Tampa Bay Rays to complete the Sean Rodriguez trade. We had Borden ranked 13th overall in our upcoming prospect guide. He pitched for Low-A West Virginia this year, where he had a 3.16 ERA in 126 innings, with 122 strikeouts, a 1.18 WHIP and a .220 BAA. The 22-year-old was a seventh round draft pick of the Pirates in 2013 out of UNLV. His player page can be...

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