Phillies to Sign Marlon Byrd to a Two-Year Deal
Nov12

Phillies to Sign Marlon Byrd to a Two-Year Deal

The Philadelphia Phillies will sign Marlon Byrd, according to CBS Philly. The Mike and Ike Show is reporting the signing through a source, although no terms of the deal have been announced. The Pirates were expected to pursue Byrd this off-season, as they have a hole in right field. Ken Rosenthal says it’s a two-year deal, which might have been prohibitive for the Pirates. They’ve got top prospect Gregory Polanco, who...

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Pirates Expected to Stay Internal in Search For Hitting Coach
Nov12

Pirates Expected to Stay Internal in Search For Hitting Coach

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to stay internal in their search for a new hitting coach. Meanwhile, Travis Sawchik says assistant hitting coach Jeff Branson is a candidate for the position. #Pirates expect to stay internal in their search to replace hitting coach Jay Bell, who is joining #Reds as bench coach. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2013 Jeff Branson, the Pirates'...

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First Pitch: Neal Huntington Deserved the Executive of the Year Award
Nov12

First Pitch: Neal Huntington Deserved the Executive of the Year Award

Earlier this evening it was announced that Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington was named the MLB 2013 Executive of the Year. Neal Huntington was named the runner up. I’m a Pirates writer, so this might come across as biased, but Huntington deserved the award over Cherington. It’s ironic that Cherington beat out Huntington, when last off-season it was Huntington beating out Cherington. The Pirates traded Joel Hanrahan and...

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Who Are the Best Bounce Back Free Agent Starting Pitchers?
Nov11

Who Are the Best Bounce Back Free Agent Starting Pitchers?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a lot of success with starting pitchers the last few years. The highlights have been A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both had horrible surface numbers prior to joining the Pirates. Burnett had a 5.20 ERA in the two years prior to his trade, and Liriano combined for a 5.23 ERA in the two years before he signed as a free agent. Burnett has since posted a 3.41 ERA in two years with the Pirates,...

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Week In Review: Will A.J. Burnett Return to the Pirates?
Nov10

Week In Review: Will A.J. Burnett Return to the Pirates?

We produce a lot of content each week at Pirates Prospects. During the regular season it can be easier to keep up, since baseball is the only sport going. But baseball news doesn’t stop in the off-season, and it can be easier to miss topics with football and hockey going on at the same time, not to mention college sports, and the NBA if you’re into that sort of thing. So each Sunday we will be recapping the articles from...

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Huntington Says Pirates Can’t Afford Burnett at $14 M
Nov08

Huntington Says Pirates Can’t Afford Burnett at $14 M

David Todd of ESPN 970 had Neal Huntington on his show this afternoon, discussing why the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t tender A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer. The podcast might eventually go up on David’s page, but for now here is his summary of the Burnett conversation. #Pirates Huntington on not giving AJ Burnett a qualifying offer: “$14M in one player was a bit steep for us." — David Todd (@DTonPirates) November...

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