First Pitch: Breaking Down the Antonio Bastardo Deal, and a Story on Joely Rodriguez
Dec11

First Pitch: Breaking Down the Antonio Bastardo Deal, and a Story on Joely Rodriguez

A little over four years ago I was driving up to Williamsport, PA on September 3rd, 2010. The minor league season was wrapping up, and I was finishing my second season running this site, and the first season where it was more of an overall look of the organization, rather than a close look at the Lynchburg Hillcats (who moved away to Bradenton that year) and a not-so-close look at every other level. I had this crazy idea to write a...

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Pirates Acquire Antonio Bastardo From the Phillies For Joely Rodriguez
Dec10

Pirates Acquire Antonio Bastardo From the Phillies For Joely Rodriguez

The Pittsburgh Pirates are pursuing Antonio Bastardo of the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury. Antonio Bastardo market heating up. Pirates pursing him, according to a source. #Phillies — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) December 10, 2014 This is not the first time the Pirates have been linked to Bastardo. They were also connected to him last July (which was also from Salisbury). Ultimately, the Phillies...

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Pirates Have Had Discussions on an Extension For Neil Walker
Dec10

Pirates Have Had Discussions on an Extension For Neil Walker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had discussions on an extension for second baseman Neil Walker, according to Bill Brink at the Post-Gazette. Brink says that the discussions are preliminary, and nothing is close at the time. He also offered up that Howie Kendrick’s four-year, $33.5 M deal is a reasonable comparison, but that a rival executive thinks Walker could get more than Kendrick. Walker is currently under team control for two...

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Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Sent Home From Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around
Dec10

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Sent Home From Dominican, Stolmy Pimentel Gets Hit Around

Monday was a very slow day for winter league action. There were only two games on the schedule and one Pittsburgh Pirates player saw action. There was big news however from the Dominican. Tony Sanchez was sent home due to poor performance. That isn’t surprising as he was hitting .100, having issues on defense, and in his last game, he batted ninth and was pinch-hit for in the seventh inning. While we consider winter leagues as...

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First Pitch: Is Pittsburgh Finally Becoming a Destination For Free Agents?
Dec10

First Pitch: Is Pittsburgh Finally Becoming a Destination For Free Agents?

A few years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates tried to go after Jorge De La Rosa, offering him a three-year deal. He ended up re-signing with the Colorado Rockies, in part because they gave him a player option and the Pirates wouldn’t, but also to remain with a team that he was familiar and comfortable with. A year later, they pursued Edwin Jackson on a three-year deal. He ended up turning them down to sign a one year deal with the...

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Pirates Agree With Francisco Liriano on a Three Year, $39 M Deal
Dec09

Pirates Agree With Francisco Liriano on a Three Year, $39 M Deal

By now it’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates are prioritizing re-signing Francisco Liriano. They need a starting pitcher, and he seems to be the top choice. Robert Murray had an update today, saying the team appeared to be close to re-signing the lefty. Source: #Pirates appear to be close to re-signing LHP Francisco Liriano. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) December 9, 2014 There have been a lot of issues with...

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