Francisco Liriano Tipping Point Could Come Down to Three or Four Years
Dec07

Francisco Liriano Tipping Point Could Come Down to Three or Four Years

Buster Olney has an update on Francisco Liriano today, saying that he’s set up well to be a Plan B after Jon Lester goes off the market. Francisco Liriano set up well as a Plan B after Jon Lester agrees to terms. Some execs think tipping point will be question of 4 years or 3. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 7, 2014 The first bit of info isn’t a surprise, since almost everyone has been writing about how Lester...

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Winter Leagues: Two Catchers Headed in Opposite Directions
Dec07

Winter Leagues: Two Catchers Headed in Opposite Directions

Not many Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action on Saturday night, but it is interesting to note the struggles of Tony Sanchez on both offense and defense during his first ten games of winter ball and compare that to how Sebastian Valle has performed since signing with the Pirates on November 20th. A small sample size won’t do much to change their status going into the regular season. Sanchez still seems like the third string...

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Pirates Sign Two Minor League Free Agents
Dec06

Pirates Sign Two Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two minor league free agents, according to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions. The first player that is new to the list is actually a former player, Francisco Diaz. Diaz is a catcher who was eligible for minor league free agency this off-season. He has mostly played the lower levels, and profiles as an organizational player. It’s possible that he’s returning as a...

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MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects For the 2015 Draft
Dec04

MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects For the 2015 Draft

MLB.com has posted their list of the top 50 draft prospects for the 2015 amateur draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 20th overall pick in the first round, which could still move up. They began the off-season with the 23rd overall pick, but that was before three teams ahead of them with unprotected picks signed a free agent that cost them their first round pick. The Pirates also have a compensation pick for losing Russell Martin and...

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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Add Two More Starting Pitchers?
Dec04

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Add Two More Starting Pitchers?

Whether it’s the trade market or free agents, the starting pitching market is currently being held up by one person: Jon Lester. Once Lester signs, other dominos will fall. The Pittsburgh Pirates will be one of the teams looking for a pitcher. They have the money to spend, and they have the need.┬áThat need is not only for a pitcher, but for a quality pitcher who can be one of the best starters in the rotation. They needed two...

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Pirates Sign Left-Hander Clayton Richard to a Minor League Deal
Dec03

Pirates Sign Left-Hander Clayton Richard to a Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-hander Clayton Richard to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League camp. Richard missed a lot of the 2014 season after recovering from AC joint surgery in 2013, and thoracic outlet surgery during the 2013-14 off-season. He signed a minor league deal with Arizona mid-season, but only made four appearances between Double-A and Triple-A, with poor results as a starter. Richard has a...

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