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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First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Rising Cost of Pitchers
Nov08

First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Rising Cost of Pitchers

Earlier this week the Pittsburgh Pirates declined to give A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer of $14.1 M. The offer would have brought Burnett back if he would have accepted it, and would have brought the Pirates a draft pick if he would have signed elsewhere. There have been some predictions saying that Burnett would only cost $12-13 M. Burnett has said he will either retire to play for the Pirates. So even without the qualifying offer,...

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First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?
Nov06

First Pitch: How Long Will Pedro Alvarez Be a Pittsburgh Pirate?

Today I recapped the third base position, which was mostly a recap of how Pedro Alvarez did in 2013 and how there are no internal options to eventually replace Alvarez at third base. Later in the evening, Alvarez won his first Silver Slugger award after leading all NL third basemen with 36 home runs. In the last two years, Alvarez has taken some huge strides with his game. The 2011 season was a disaster, with Alvarez posting a .561...

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First Pitch: The Draft Compensation System Remains Broken
Nov05

First Pitch: The Draft Compensation System Remains Broken

During the last Collective Bargaining Agreement, Major League Baseball made some big changes to the draft pick compensation system. Under the old rules, teams qualified for draft pick compensation if they offered arbitration to any pending free agent. They could make this offer even if the player was acquired after the season, in the days before he became eligible for free agency. The result was that people abused the system....

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First Pitch: MLB Free Agency Begins – What to Expect
Nov05

First Pitch: MLB Free Agency Begins – What to Expect

Major League Baseball free agency officially began at midnight. Players who were eligible for free agency actually became free agents last week, but the exclusive negotiating window ended at 11:59 PM EST on Monday night. Free agents can now sign with any team they wish. The Pirates have seven free agents — A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, Clint Barmes, Jeff Karstens, Kyle Farnsworth, Justin Morneau, and John Buck. They have shown...

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First Pitch: 40-Man Roster Updates and Wandy Rodriguez Thoughts
Nov01

First Pitch: 40-Man Roster Updates and Wandy Rodriguez Thoughts

At the start of the off-season, I decided to only do First Pitch on Monday-Thursday, unless there’s big news over the weekend. There just aren’t enough off-season topics to do one every night. So far the break on the weekends has been glorious. However, I felt the need for a short update tonight due to the amount of articles on the site today (not that any of them were big enough news for follow up on First Pitch), plus a...

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