Is First Base Now a Buyer’s Market?
Dec04

Is First Base Now a Buyer’s Market?

There have been a few moves involving first base this off-season which have really shifted the market. The Twins had a need at first base, but filled that when they moved Joe Mauer to the position full time. The Rangers acquired Prince Fielder from the Tigers, and Detroit moved Miguel Cabrera across the diamond to replace Fielder. Those two moves eliminated at least two teams from the free agent market, without removing any free...

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James Loney Emerging as the Top Choice For the Pirates
Dec04

James Loney Emerging as the Top Choice For the Pirates

Jayson Stark of ESPN says that clubs who have talked to the Pirates believe that James Loney is emerging as their top choice. Clubs that have talked to #Pirates believe James Loney emerging as their top choice at 1B. Heard they've also asked on Adam Lind & Moreland — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 4, 2013 Stark mentions Adam Lind and Mitch Moreland, who would both require trades. Lind is under contract for $7 M in...

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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Be Involved in This Free Agent Market?
Dec04

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Be Involved in This Free Agent Market?

Just to provide some confirmation, the winter meetings don’t start until NEXT week. It seemed like the meetings started today with all of the transactions that went down throughout the day. If you’re a Pirates fan, there’s a chance that you didn’t notice, since the Pirates weren’t involved in any of the moves. Here is a rundown of all of today’s transactions, with some Pirates-related thoughts...

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Pirates View Mike Napoli as the Perfect Fit at First Base, But…
Dec03

Pirates View Mike Napoli as the Perfect Fit at First Base, But…

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates view Mike Napoli as the perfect fit at first base, although you shouldn’t be penciling him into the lineup anytime soon. The pirates view mike Napoli as the perfect fit at first base but it doesn't appear they will lay out the cash needed to sign him. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) December 3, 2013 Napoli has been one of the biggest names on the market...

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First Pitch: The Big Lesson Learned in 2013
Dec03

First Pitch: The Big Lesson Learned in 2013

A few years ago — I don’t remember the exact year — I was reading an off-season article written by Pat Lackey at WHYGAVS. In the article, Pat talked about what he learned about the game the previous season. There was something about that concept that just clicked with me. Baseball is a pretty simple game at the core, but when you dig into the strategies involved, you start to see how complex the game can be. No...

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Pirates Tender All Eligible Players, Including Travis Snider
Dec03

Pirates Tender All Eligible Players, Including Travis Snider

The Pittsburgh Pirates have tendered all of their eligible players, including Travis Snider. Snider looked like a non-tender candidate, especially with Jose Tabata, Andrew Lambo and Jaff Decker on the 40-man roster. The Pirates can still try and work out a trade at some point this off-season. He is projected to make $1.4 M in arbitration. Along with Snider, the Pirates tendered offers to everyone else currently on the 40-man roster....

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