Winter Leagues: Dominican League Opened Season on Thursday Night
Oct17

Winter Leagues: Dominican League Opened Season on Thursday Night

Two days worth of recaps as Wednesday was a slow night in winter ball and Thursday was the start of the Dominican Winter League. In Mexico on Wednesday night, Stetson Allie went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk. The double was his second of the season and he has hits in each of his first five games. On the downside, Allie committed his second error and he struck out twice, giving him eight strikeouts in his first 18 at-bats. Dean...

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First Pitch: How Baseball is Still Unfair to Small Markets, Despite Small Market Success
Oct17

First Pitch: How Baseball is Still Unfair to Small Markets, Despite Small Market Success

I’ve written a lot about how baseball is unfair to small market teams. The fact that some teams can spend double or triple what about a third of the league can spend in payroll illustrates that baseball doesn’t have equality. A lot of times, this argument is mistaken as saying “small market teams can’t win.”¬†We’re currently in a year where the Kansas City Royals are going to a World Series. The...

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Jon Daniels: “Probably Unlikely” That More Pirates Personnel Follows Banister to Texas
Oct16

Jon Daniels: “Probably Unlikely” That More Pirates Personnel Follows Banister to Texas

Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels held a conference call this evening for members of the Texas and Pittsburgh media, making the hiring of Jeff Banister official. Most of the conference call discussed the hiring process, and general things that led the Rangers to select Banister as their new manager. One key bit of information that came up for the Pirates involved whether the Rangers would take anyone from the Pittsburgh...

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AFL: Thomas Harlan Throws Three Strong Innings
Oct16

AFL: Thomas Harlan Throws Three Strong Innings

In the Arizona Fall League on Thursday afternoon, it was a quiet game for Pittsburgh Pirates players. Thomas Harlan started the game, but all three position players were on the bench. Scottsdale lost 7-3 to Surprise to drop to 5-4 on the season. Harlan had some issues behind him in the field, getting two ground balls to shortstop that resulted in the first two batters reaching base. He got a ground out from the third batter as well,...

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Pirates Plan to Extend Qualifying Offer to Russell Martin
Oct16

Pirates Plan to Extend Qualifying Offer to Russell Martin

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to extend a qualifying offer to catcher Russell Martin. The $15.3 M qualifying offer ensures that the Pirates will get a draft pick as compensation if Martin ends up signing elsewhere. While the qualifying offer would represent quite a raise for Martin, he is in line for a multi-year deal in the same range, so it’s highly unlikely he would even consider accepting the offer....

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2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball
Oct16

2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a big extension. The deal paid him $51.5 M, locking up all of his arbitration years and buying out control of three free agent years. That season, McCutchen responded with a 6.8 WAR, went on to win an MVP award the next year, and the extension started looking like a massive value for the Pirates. They might have gotten the same massive value with Starling...

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