AFL: Joely Rodriguez and Adrian Sampson Make Their Debuts
Oct09

AFL: Joely Rodriguez and Adrian Sampson Make Their Debuts

After Tyler Glasnow started the opener for Scottsdale on Tuesday and recorded just two outs, Joely Rodriguez started game two and had a better outing. Rodriguez lasted 2.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits, a walk and two strikeouts. He threw a total of 46 pitches, 27 for strikes. Scottsdale lost 6-3 on Wednesday to move to 1-1 on the season. Rodriguez gave up two singles in the first inning, but a double play helped him stay...

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Highlights From Tuesday’s Action in the Instructional League
Oct08

Highlights From Tuesday’s Action in the Instructional League

We have some highlights from Tuesday’s action in the Fall Instructional League. Both Pittsburgh Pirates teams were home yesterday, with team one(Pirates 1) facing the Phillies and the younger players were going up against an Orioles squad. Videos are courtesy of the FIL fan page and come from late in each game. For team one, the FIL schedule has just one game left and four more days until they break for the winter. Many players...

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First Pitch: Why There Should Be No Issues Giving Qualifying Offers to Martin and Liriano
Oct08

First Pitch: Why There Should Be No Issues Giving Qualifying Offers to Martin and Liriano

The AP released the information today that a qualifying offer in 2015 will be worth $15.3 M (via MLBTR). That’s up from the $14.1 M figure last year. A qualifying offer is made to departing free agents, and is made within five days of the end of the World Series. If a player accepts the offer, he receives that amount on a one year deal. If he rejects the offer, his former team is eligible for a compensation pick after the first...

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AFL: Control Issues For Tyler Glasnow in Season Opener
Oct08

AFL: Control Issues For Tyler Glasnow in Season Opener

The opener of the Arizona Fall League had two big stories for the Pittsburgh Pirates, one we have heard before and one is new. Tyler Glasnow got the start and had command issues, getting knocked out in the first inning due to his pitch count. On the other side of things, Josh Bell played his first real game at first base. He had played a little in the Fall Instructional League before leaving for the AFL, but this is the first game...

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An Early Look at the Pirates’ 2015 Payroll Shows Plenty of Room For Russell Martin
Oct07

An Early Look at the Pirates’ 2015 Payroll Shows Plenty of Room For Russell Martin

Today I finished putting together the 2015 40-man payroll page, which will be updated throughout the off-season, and in to the regular season. Bookmark that link, as I’ll be updating the chart after every move throughout the off-season. The chart provides an estimate  of the year-end 2015 payroll, which will definitely change throughout the off-season. Right now the estimate is made up of three things. First we have the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014-15 Off-Season Contract Situations
Oct07

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014-15 Off-Season Contract Situations

The MLB off-season is full of potential moves, whether those moves are free agency, option years, arbitration eligible players, or non-tender candidates. Earlier this week I looked at 14 of the biggest questions for the Pirates this off-season, which detailed a lot of the potential transactions. Below is a list of players who are eligible for off-season transactions, along with some important dates for those transactions. Pending Free...

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