First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances
Oct10

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Long-Term Affordability and Early Extension Chances

I was going to write about Russell Martin tonight, and more specifically, how the Pittsburgh Pirates can easily afford Martin in the future. I detailed the short-term of this subject earlier in the week, noting that there is plenty of room on the 2015 payroll to sign Martin. But what about beyond that? One thing that is going to help the Pirates keep their payroll low in future years will be their top ranked farm system. That system...

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First Pitch: What Are the Pirates’ Needs This Off-Season?
Oct09

First Pitch: What Are the Pirates’ Needs This Off-Season?

By the end of the month, we’ll be getting a good idea of who will be available as free agents, and who might make sense for the Pittsburgh Pirates. We don’t have to wait until then to see the off-season needs for this team. I’ve been prepping for the off-season this week, looking at the projected payroll, projected 25-man roster, and some of the biggest team needs. Here is a rundown of the biggest needs that would...

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First Pitch: Why There Should Be No Issues Giving Qualifying Offers to Martin and Liriano
Oct08

First Pitch: Why There Should Be No Issues Giving Qualifying Offers to Martin and Liriano

The AP released the information today that a qualifying offer in 2015 will be worth $15.3 M (via MLBTR). That’s up from the $14.1 M figure last year. A qualifying offer is made to departing free agents, and is made within five days of the end of the World Series. If a player accepts the offer, he receives that amount on a one year deal. If he rejects the offer, his former team is eligible for a compensation pick after the first...

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First Pitch: Maybe No Move Was the Right Move
Oct07

First Pitch: Maybe No Move Was the Right Move

“No move was the right move.” That’s a quote that was destined to be tossed around by message board critics from the moment it was spoken. Neal Huntington issued the quote¬†after talking about how they explored the market, how they missed out on a few players because other teams were looking for MLB players and not prospects, and how anything else wouldn’t have made sense. The quote was thrown around after every...

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First Pitch: 14 Pirates Questions For the 2014 Off-Season
Oct06

First Pitch: 14 Pirates Questions For the 2014 Off-Season

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates off-season was full of the same discussion over and over and over: A.J. Burnett. The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates off-season will probably be dominated by a lot of Russell Martin talk, especially if he signs elsewhere. However, this off-season provides a ton of story lines to follow, as the Pirates will have a lot of interesting decisions to make. I’ll be going over a lot of these in more detail as the...

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First Pitch: Why You Should Now Cheer For the Royals as a Pirates Fan
Oct03

First Pitch: Why You Should Now Cheer For the Royals as a Pirates Fan

I started working on a Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 season recap today, but truthfully I need a few days to digest the end of the season before I get started on that. I was also going to be on the road for most of today, and didn’t want to rush through the article. So I’m hoping to have my thoughts on the season on Sunday, along with an early off-season look. For now, a simple question: With the Pirates out, who are you pulling...

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