Francisco Liriano Named the NL Comeback Player of the Year
Nov04

Francisco Liriano Named the NL Comeback Player of the Year

Francisco Liriano was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year tonight, beating out Jorge De La Rosa, Chase Utley, and Jayson Werth. This is not to be confused with the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year award, which also went to Liriano a few weeks ago. The obvious difference is that this award is presented by MLB, while the other is presented by The Sporting News. This is the second time that Liriano has won a...

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Pirates Don’t Issue a Qualifying Offer For A.J. Burnett
Nov04

Pirates Don’t Issue a Qualifying Offer For A.J. Burnett

The Pittsburgh Pirates won’t extended a qualifying offer to free agent A.J. Burnett, per Jon Heyman. appears no qualifying offer for burnett or morneau from #pirates. $14.1M is a lot for small/mid markets — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 4, 2013 A qualifying offer is a one-year, $14.1 M deal, and if the player rejects it and signs elsewhere, the former team would get a compensation pick. Burnett has been deciding...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Left Field
Nov04

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Left Field

For most of the season, Starling Marte was the starting left-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The only exception was when Marte was injured, leading to Jose Tabata getting a lot of starts at the position. Other players, like Alex Presley, Travis Snider, and Felix Pie, got a few starts, but when breaking down the left field position it was primarily Marte. Defensively, Marte was outstanding. His UZR/150 was the best out of all MLB...

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How Good Are The Pitchers Facing Gregory Polanco?
Nov04

How Good Are The Pitchers Facing Gregory Polanco?

A popular question during the Winter League season is “How good are these leagues the Pirates players are competing in?” When a player like Gregory Polanco starts tearing up the league, people question how good the pitchers are that he is facing. It happened last year with Starling Marte when he was picking up Player of the Week awards consistently in the Dominican. So I broke down the competition just so people could see...

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MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates
Nov03

MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates

MLBTR released their 2014 top 50 free agents, complete with predictions on where each player will go. The rankings are the key thing here, showing how MLBTR stacks all of the players up against each other. The predictions are just fun, and don’t have a good track record for the Pirates. For example, last year the predictions had the Pirates signing Jeremy Guthrie, with Jason Grilli going to Milwaukee, Francisco Liriano going to...

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Jonathan Mayo Says the Pirates Have the Top Farm System
Nov01

Jonathan Mayo Says the Pirates Have the Top Farm System

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com picked his top farm system today, and went with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In another article, Mayo’s MLB.com colleague, Jim Callis, went with the Houston Astros. Mayo explains that he went with the Pirates because of their combination of impact talent and depth. He pointed out that they could have eight top 100 prospects, and that the rest of the guys in the top 20 leave something to like, even if they...

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