The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased
Nov22

The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased

Today I was looking over the early free agent signings, trying to get an idea of how much free agents were getting paid per win this off-season. In the past, free agents usually received $4-5 M per win, with the $5 M total coming in recent years. The idea floating around is that free agent prices will be going up this off-season with the new National TV revenue kicking in. My theory before looking at the free agents who have signed...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Need to Act Differently This Year?
Nov22

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Need to Act Differently This Year?

The Pittsburgh Pirates were contenders in 2013. They were contenders because of bounce back pitchers like A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano. They were contenders because they relied on unproven prospects, rather than going for the “guarantee” of an established major leaguer. They were contenders because they went against the norms — placing higher values on defense, pitch framing, ground balls, defensive shifts, and...

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Pirates Checked on Lance Berkman
Nov21

Pirates Checked on Lance Berkman

It seems that pursuing players who are considering retirement is the new market inefficiency. The Pittsburgh Pirates checked on Lance Berkman, according to Travis Sawchik, but were told that he’s leaning toward retirement. Pirates made a call on Lance Berkman but agent says he's leaning toward retirement — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) November 21, 2013 Berkman is at the end of his career, and has been on a decline....

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Prospect Rewind: Getting to Know Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez
Nov21

Prospect Rewind: Getting to Know Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates added four players to the 40-man roster, protecting them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Everyone knows about Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. They were two of the biggest breakout prospects in baseball in 2012, and have been two of the top 50 prospects in the game ever since. Readers of this site might know a bit more about Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez, but still probably not as much as the other...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Added Some 2014 MLB Players Today
Nov20

First Pitch: The Pirates Added Some 2014 MLB Players Today

The moves the Pirates made today were all of the minor league variety. First they signed five minor league free agents — all right-handed pitchers. They followed that up with the expected Rule 5 roster moves, protecting four prospects from the draft on December 12th. While all of these moves involved minor league players, it’s very likely that today’s additions will lead to MLB production at some point during the...

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Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2013 Rule 5 Draft
Nov20

Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2013 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding four players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 12th. The players on the lists below are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. When a player is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, that means any team can select him in the draft, paying $50,000 to the former team. The drafting team has to protect that player by placing him on the 25-man roster for the...

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