Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Done With Winter Ball
Jan20

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Done With Winter Ball

It was announced yesterday by a few sources that Starling Marte is done with Winter ball this season. His Escogido team, along with teammate Gregory Polanco, will begin the Dominican League finals tonight against Licey. The winner of this best-of-nine series will go on to the Caribbean League World Series against the best Winter League teams from Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Marte had a rough Winter season. It started late as he...

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First Pitch: Projecting 88 Wins for the 2014 Pirates Using ZiPS
Jan18

First Pitch: Projecting 88 Wins for the 2014 Pirates Using ZiPS

Last year I did an article that projected 81-84 wins using the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates ZiPS projections. The range was due to the question marks surrounding Francisco Liriano’s signing at this time last year. With Liriano, the Pirates were projected for 83 wins. Without him, they were projected for 81. There were also rumors about Shaun Marcum, who would have taken the team to 84 wins. The Pirates ended up exceeding their...

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Pirates and Neil Walker, Vin Mazzaro Avoid Arbitration
Jan17

Pirates and Neil Walker, Vin Mazzaro Avoid Arbitration

The Pittsburgh Pirates and second baseman Neil Walker will sign a one year deal for $5.75 M according to Rob Biertempfel, avoiding arbitration. They also signed reliever Vin Mazzaro for $950,000 according to Biertempfel. They have officially avoided arbitration with every eligible player now ahead of the deadline to exchange figures. Neil Walker was projected to make $4.8 M, while Vin Mazzaro was projected to be $800,000 for the 2014...

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Pedro Alvarez and Pirates Agree to Deal
Jan17

Pedro Alvarez and Pirates Agree to Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have avoided arbitration with third baseman Pedro Alvarez, signing him to a $4.25 M deal according to Joel Sherman. Alvarez was projected to make $4 M this upcoming season. They have now signed four of the six players that were arbitration eligible, agreeing with Mark Melancon and Gaby Sanchez earlier today and Travis Snider yesterday. Only Neil Walker and Vin Mazzaro remain. The deadline to exchange figures was...

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FanGraphs Releases the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 ZiPS Projections
Jan17

FanGraphs Releases the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 ZiPS Projections

FanGraphs has released the 2014 ZiPS projections for the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are a lot of projection systems out there, but ZiPS is one of the most popular ones, and also one of the better systems. As I mentioned last night, I’ll be doing some analysis using these figures, and that analysis will come later tonight. For now, here is a quick rundown of what was said in the article. **Talking about the first base position,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #11 – Tony Sanchez
Jan17

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #11 – Tony Sanchez

The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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