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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Good News on Alen Hanson’s Injured Hand
Nov02

Good News on Alen Hanson’s Injured Hand

After a report out of the Dominican said that Alen Hanson would undergo surgery in the United States for his injured right hand, Hanson’s agent took to Twitter with an update that had much better news. Hanson’s injury won’t require surgery and he will miss “at least three weeks”. From the sound of it, that means he will return to play winter ball this year. The injury occurred last Sunday when Hanson was...

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Two More Reclamation Projects Hit the Free Agent Market
Nov02

Two More Reclamation Projects Hit the Free Agent Market

Last week I looked at a group of potential reclamation projects on the starting pitching market. I didn’t include players who had option years, since it wasn’t known at the time whether those options would be executed or not. Several of those decisions were made this weekend, providing two more potential reclamation projects on the open market. The first guy who caught my attention was Brandon Morrow. The Blue Jays...

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Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year
Nov02

Winter Leagues: Gregory Polanco Will Play Winter Ball This Year

On Friday night, Moises Alou announced that Gregory Polanco will play winter ball this upcoming season, joining Leones del Escogido in early December. Alou is the general manager of the Leones club and also mentioned that a decision hasn’t be made yet on Starling Marte. Polanco was the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the Dominican Winter League last year. Saturday was a slow night for Pittsburgh Pirates players in...

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AFL: Josh Bell Reaches Base Four Times in Fall-Stars Game
Nov01

AFL: Josh Bell Reaches Base Four Times in Fall-Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League held their Fall-Stars game on Saturday night. The East squad had three Pittsburgh Pirates players on the roster, with Josh Bell in the starting lineup as the designated hitter. Catcher Elias Diaz and pitcher Adrian Sampson were also on the team. The East won the game 6-2. Bell came up to the plate in the second inning with a man on first(moved to second on a wild pitch) and two outs. He drew a six-pitch walk...

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What Does the Future Hold For Joely Rodriguez?
Nov01

What Does the Future Hold For Joely Rodriguez?

If you were able to catch Joely Rodriguez pitch yesterday in the Arizona Fall League against Mark Appel, you probably have a low opinion of him right now. The game was broadcast(tape delayed) on MLB Network. He had no fastball command and was knocked out in the second inning when he reached his single-inning pitch count limit. If you saw Rodriguez pitch this year at Altoona, chances are you saw him struggle. In fact, if you’ve...

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