First Pitch: Once Again, Clint Hurdle Should Be the Manager of the Year
Nov05

First Pitch: Once Again, Clint Hurdle Should Be the Manager of the Year

For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has been named a finalist for the NL Manager of the Year award. Hurdle won the award last year. After he was named as a finalist, I wrote about how he deserved the award, due to the way he embraced advanced metrics such as defensive shifts, and how he controlled the clubhouse and never let the Pirates get into a prolonged funk. This time around I think Hurdle...

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First Pitch: How Do the Pirates Look if Francisco Liriano Accepts the Qualifying Offer?
Nov04

First Pitch: How Do the Pirates Look if Francisco Liriano Accepts the Qualifying Offer?

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the right moves today. They not only extended a qualifying offer to Russell Martin, but also made the same offer to Francisco Liriano. Both players will have a week to accept or decline their offers. If they decline and sign elsewhere, then the Pirates would get two draft picks as compensation. If they both accept, the Pirates would see their current payroll expand by $30.6 M. I think there’s zero...

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First Pitch: Pirates Need to Make Two Qualifying Offers Today
Nov03

First Pitch: Pirates Need to Make Two Qualifying Offers Today

Today is the final day for teams to re-sign their departing free agents, as well as the deadline for teams to extend a qualifying offer. I don’t expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to re-sign anyone today, although the qualifying offers will be significant news. There are two players who easily deserve qualifying offers, if only to get the Pirates some sort of compensation when/if they sign elsewhere. The easiest decision lies with...

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First Pitch: The One Thing Standing Between Tyler Glasnow and the Top of a Rotation
Oct31

First Pitch: The One Thing Standing Between Tyler Glasnow and the Top of a Rotation

Free agency began today, with four Pittsburgh Pirates — Russell Martin, Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and Clint Barmes — officially filing as free agents. Martin is going to be a huge focus, although the other big focus will be on starting pitching. The Pirates will most likely need to add two starting pitchers from the outside, adding to their internal options of Gerrit Cole, Vance Worley, Charlie Morton, Jeff...

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First Pitch: Your 2017 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs?
Oct30

First Pitch: Your 2017 World Series Champions, the Chicago Cubs?

The NL Central is turning into a difficult division. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been contenders for the last two seasons, and have one of the top farm systems in the game, with some of their best prospects coming up in the next two years. The St. Louis Cardinals are routinely at the top of the standings. But perhaps the biggest threat might be coming from the Cubs. Today it was rumored that the Cubs had hired Joe Maddon as their next...

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First Pitch: Would Adam Lind Be a Good Trade Target For the Pirates?
Oct29

First Pitch: Would Adam Lind Be a Good Trade Target For the Pirates?

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates were connected to every first base option that might have been available, regardless of whether the players were actually available or not. One of the connections was Adam Lind, with the Pirates reportedly asking Toronto about him, and the Blue Jays also reportedly asking for Neil Walker in return. The rumor mill last year said that the Blue Jays would consider moving Lind, but that they were intending...

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