James Loney on the Verge of a Deal With the Rays
Dec13

James Loney on the Verge of a Deal With the Rays

Buster Olney reports that James Loney is on the verge of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. James Loney is on the verge of an agreement with the Tampa Bay Rays; a multi-year deal. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 13, 2013 The deal would be a multi-year deal, according to Loney. It appears that the Pirates will have to turn to the trade market with Loney off the table. It will be interesting to see what he ended up signing...

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First Pitch: The 2014 Pirates Are a Better Team Than the 2013 Pirates
Dec13

First Pitch: The 2014 Pirates Are a Better Team Than the 2013 Pirates

Every off-season you see the same type of analysis when it comes to evaluating how a team has improved for the following season. It’s always a basic formula that subtracts the players who are leaving from the end of the season roster, and adds in only the players who project to be on the 25-man roster on Opening Day the following year. And the whole process is wrong. The Pirates saw A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, Justin Morneau,...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes
Dec12

Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes

Buster Olney reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to re-signing shortstop Clint Barmes. Clint Barmes is close to re-signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 12, 2013 Jon Heyman says the two sides have agreed to terms. Barmes headed back to pirates. Details being finalized but he's agreed to return. Olney 1st said close. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 12, 2013 There...

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How Much Bargaining Power Does James Loney Have?
Dec12

How Much Bargaining Power Does James Loney Have?

Yesterday the Seattle Mariners added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, then claimed they would use both first base options in the outfield. That removed two first base options from the market, leaving the Pirates, Brewers, and the Rays to decide between James Loney, Ike Davis, and Mitch Moreland. Loney has been asking for three years and $27-30 M total. It would seem that he now has a ton of leverage to get such a deal. However, none of...

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2013 Rule 5 Draft: Wei-Chung Wang Drafted by the Brewers
Dec12

2013 Rule 5 Draft: Wei-Chung Wang Drafted by the Brewers

The 2013 Rule 5 draft is underway, and the Pittsburgh Pirates surprisingly lost Wei-Chung Wang to the Milwaukee Brewers. The move wasn’t expected for the reason that Wang has only pitched as high as the GCL. It also wasn’t expected because Wang signed his contract in October 2011. Most players from the draft are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft. Wang wouldn’t have...

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First Pitch: How Much Do You Trust Ray Searage?
Dec12

First Pitch: How Much Do You Trust Ray Searage?

Several weeks ago I wrote an article titled “Why I Trust Neal Huntington“. In the article I pointed out that I don’t agree with all of the moves Huntington makes. I give my own opinion, then I try to put that opinion aside to try and see the logic from the other side of a deal. For the most part I accept that I have limited information and that Huntington has an entire organization working to provide him with tons of...

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