First Pitch: How Do the Pirates Look if Francisco Liriano Accepts the Qualifying Offer?
Nov04

First Pitch: How Do the Pirates Look if Francisco Liriano Accepts the Qualifying Offer?

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the right moves today. They not only extended a qualifying offer to Russell Martin, but also made the same offer to Francisco Liriano. Both players will have a week to accept or decline their offers. If they decline and sign elsewhere, then the Pirates would get two draft picks as compensation. If they both accept, the Pirates would see their current payroll expand by $30.6 M. I think there’s zero...

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AFL: News and Notes For Glasnow, Bell and Others
Nov03

AFL: News and Notes For Glasnow, Bell and Others

Scottsdale took on Peoria on Monday afternoon, coming back from the Fall-Star weekend break. Dan Gamache was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the lineup. Josh Bell was originally in the starting lineup, but he was a late scratch. Gamache ended up going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, as Scottsdale lost 6-5 to Peoria. With nine games left in the Arizona Fall League season, Scottsdale trails first place Salt River by six games. The...

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Pirates Extend Qualifying Offers to Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano
Nov03

Pirates Extend Qualifying Offers to Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano

Today is the deadline for teams to extend a qualifying offer to departing free agents. For those who aren’t familiar with the process, a qualifying offer is the only way a team can get draft pick compensation from departing free agents. This year, teams have to issue a one year, $15.3 M deal. After that is offered, the player has a week to accept or decline. If the player accepts, the team gets him back on that one year deal. If...

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Pirates Outright Chase d’Arnaud, John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez
Nov03

Pirates Outright Chase d’Arnaud, John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that infielder Chase d’Arnaud and pitchers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez have all been outrighted and all three are now minor league free agents. Both Axford and Gomez were designated for assignment last week to make room for Justin Sellers and Charlie Morton, who needed to be activated from the 60-day disabled list. Chase d’Arnaud was still on the 40-man roster, which was full before...

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Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia
Nov03

Winter League: Big Hits From Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia

In the Dominican, Willy Garcia went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and he drove in two runs. He played center field and made his first start since last Sunday. Garcia is 11-for-28 with three walks and four strikeouts. Mel Rojas Jr. went 0-for-5 with an outfield assist. He is now hitting .229 through 13 games. In Venezuela, Jose Osuna got his first at-bats since October 23rd. He went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a walk, plus he...

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First Pitch: Pirates Need to Make Two Qualifying Offers Today
Nov03

First Pitch: Pirates Need to Make Two Qualifying Offers Today

Today is the final day for teams to re-sign their departing free agents, as well as the deadline for teams to extend a qualifying offer. I don’t expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to re-sign anyone today, although the qualifying offers will be significant news. There are two players who easily deserve qualifying offers, if only to get the Pirates some sort of compensation when/if they sign elsewhere. The easiest decision lies with...

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