First Pitch: If the Pirates Don’t Make a Move, It Would Be the Exception
Aug02

First Pitch: If the Pirates Don’t Make a Move, It Would Be the Exception

Every year after the deadline, we hear a little bit about discussions that didn’t end up turning into deals. The last two years, that’s all we’ve had for the Pittsburgh Pirates, since they didn’t make a trade on either deadline day. This year, the news was that they made a better offer for David Price in terms of talent, but that the Rays wanted young guys who were in the majors. Naturally, this was met with...

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Prospect Watch: Garcia Stays Hot, Tucker Hits First Homer, Control Issues For Glasnow
Aug02

Prospect Watch: Garcia Stays Hot, Tucker Hits First Homer, Control Issues For Glasnow

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Gerrit Cole scratched from Saturday rehab start
Aug01

Gerrit Cole scratched from Saturday rehab start

The Indianapolis Indians have announced that Gerrit Cole has been scratched from his scheduled rehab start on Saturday. Originally, Cole was supposed to make his second start with the Indians, and was expected to throw around 100 pitches. There has been no indication of the reason, but updates will be posted when they are received. UPDATE 8:46 PM: From Tim Williams… I just received the following quote from Neal Huntington on why...

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The Pirates Made a Better Offer For David Price
Aug01

The Pirates Made a Better Offer For David Price

Cork Gaines at Rays Index (via Charlie at Bucs Dugout) writes that Peter Gammons said on MLB Network that most people felt the Pittsburgh Pirates offer for David Price was greater than what the Rays received in terms of talent. The quote that Gaines relays is as follows. “Most people thought the Pirates offer, which was all about prospects and minor leaguers, might have been greater in terms of talent and that the Pirates were much...

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The Trade Deadline Doesn’t Really Change Playoff Odds
Aug01

The Trade Deadline Doesn’t Really Change Playoff Odds

On Wednesday, I took a look at the NL playoff odds, to get a snapshot of how the National League contenders looked before the trade deadline. Today we’ll take a look at how each team has improved since then. One note I’ll add before we look at the changes is that these also reflect what has happened over the last two days. For example, the Pirates lost two games, with one of them coming against the Giants, who are big...

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First Pitch: How Do August Waiver Trades Work?
Aug01

First Pitch: How Do August Waiver Trades Work?

Today the trade deadline passed, and for the second year in a row the Pirates didn’t make a move. The deadline was a strange one, as the majority of the trades that were made featured Major League talent going for Major League talent, rather than prospects for established players. While the Pirates didn’t make any moves at the deadline, they will look internally for some upgrades. A big misconception in the past is that...

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