When Will the Pirates Shed the Cheap Label?
Dec08

When Will the Pirates Shed the Cheap Label?

The biggest offensive upgrade for the Pittsburgh Pirates this off-season might end up being a guy who gets a lot of value from his defense. The Pirates won’t bring back one of their better pitchers from last year because they refuse to sign him for the money he’s projected to receive. Most of their off-season has involved low-key signings and trades, or the focus on bounce back players. And while other teams are spending...

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Pirates are Still Talking With A.J. Burnett
Dec06

Pirates are Still Talking With A.J. Burnett

Clint Hurdle was on 93.7 The Fan this afternoon and said that there is still a chance that the Pirates could sign the right-hander. Hurdle tells @937theFan the team is having dialogue with A.J. Burnett: "There's still a chance." Hurdle also said team has a deadline — Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) December 6, 2013 This gives a good opportunity to analyze where Burnett currently stands. At the beginning of the...

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Garrett Jones Nearing a Deal With the Marlins
Dec06

Garrett Jones Nearing a Deal With the Marlins

The Miami Marlins are nearing a two year deal with Garrett Jones, according to Ken Rosenthal. Source: #Marlins closing in on 1B Garrett Jones. Could be two-year deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2013 This deal would almost certainly mean that Logan Morrison is available via trade. Earlier this week I wrote that the first base market is now looking like a buyer’s market. I think this set of moves only adds...

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Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players
Dec06

Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball came to a new agreement this week on the posting fee for Japanese free agents. Previously, NPB teams would post players for free agency, and the highest bidding MLB team would have exclusive negotiating rights for that player. This led to a lot of high bids, with players like Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka commanding $50 M just for teams to negotiate with the players. That money...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes Dominican League Debut
Dec06

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes Dominican League Debut

In the Dominican League from Thursday night, Alen Hanson made his debut as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and scored a run. Hanson played in the Arizona Fall League this year, but wasn’t allowed to play Winter ball until this week due to the Extreme Fatigue rule. Any players that has too many at-bats during the regular season(or too many innings/appearances for pitchers) isn’t allowed to play Winter ball until December...

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First Pitch: Looks Like the Pirates Will Stay In House For Right Field
Dec05

First Pitch: Looks Like the Pirates Will Stay In House For Right Field

Heading into the off-season, it looked likely that the Pittsburgh Pirates could stay in-house in right field, rather than going after a free agent. If there was any doubt about that plan, it was removed on Monday when they tendered a contract to Travis Snider. By tendering a contract, the Pirates are guaranteeing that Snider will be on the team next year, and likely making $1.4 M. They also acquired Jaff Decker earlier in the...

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