AFL: Dan Gamache Homers in One-Sided Loss
Oct09

AFL: Dan Gamache Homers in One-Sided Loss

Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup on Thursday in the Arizona Fall League, starting with Elias Diaz behind the plate and batting third. Josh Bell was the designated hitter again and he batted fifth for the third straight game. Dan Gamache moved from third base to second base and he batted ninth. Scottsdale got blown out in the game, losing 11-2 to Peoria, dropping them to 1-2 on the season. Diaz walked in his...

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Jose Tabata Outrighted to Indianapolis
Oct09

Jose Tabata Outrighted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that outfielder Jose Tabata has been outrighted to Indianapolis. He was designated for assignment last Friday and cleared waivers. Due to his contract, it’s no surprise that he has now cleared waivers twice this year. Tabata is owed over $9 M in the next two seasons, which means he will likely accept the assignment to AAA, rather than elect to become a free agent, where he won’t get...

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First Pitch: What Are the Pirates’ Needs This Off-Season?
Oct09

First Pitch: What Are the Pirates’ Needs This Off-Season?

By the end of the month, we’ll be getting a good idea of who will be available as free agents, and who might make sense for the Pittsburgh Pirates. We don’t have to wait until then to see the off-season needs for this team. I’ve been prepping for the off-season this week, looking at the projected payroll, projected 25-man roster, and some of the biggest team needs. Here is a rundown of the biggest needs that would...

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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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