First Pitch: Looking at the Remaining Pirates Over-Slot Draft Candidates
Jun18

First Pitch: Looking at the Remaining Pirates Over-Slot Draft Candidates

If there’s one thing the new CBA got right, it’s the process of signing draft picks. There are no more games, and no more delays. Teams can sign any player at any time for any amount of money, with no delays from MLB holding back over-slot deals, and no games by players and advisers waiting until the deadline. The result is that the Pirates have 30 picks signed about two weeks after the MLB draft, including everyone in the...

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First Pitch: The Best Thing That Happened to the Pirates Last Off-Season
Jun17

First Pitch: The Best Thing That Happened to the Pirates Last Off-Season

The big focus this past off-season was on A.J. Burnett. The right-hander played a big role in the Pittsburgh rotation the previous two years, then after having his status up in the air for several months, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. There was another person who the Phillies tried to sign away from the Pirates (not Marlon Byrd, who they did sign away), and that person’s importance to the Pirates was much bigger than...

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First Pitch: Evaluating the Ike Davis Trade
Jun16

First Pitch: Evaluating the Ike Davis Trade

Normally when it comes to trades, you get an evaluation immediately. In the case of Ike Davis, we had to wait for the player to be named later, which ended up being announced today as Blake Taylor. The deal couldn’t be official prior to today, because Taylor couldn’t be dealt until one year after he was signed. Now that it is official, we can fully evaluate the move. For a recap, the full move was Ike Davis in exchange for...

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First Pitch: Five Hundred
Jun15

First Pitch: Five Hundred

On March 25th, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Vance Worley from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations. That was when the Pirates were counting on Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano to lead the rotation. It was when Wandy Rodriguez showed some promise by staying healthy and pitching fairly well in Spring Training. It was when many were projecting the Edinson Volquez experiment would end in failure. It was before Jameson Taillon...

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First Pitch: A Quick Review of Where the Pirates Stand With Draft Signings
Jun14

First Pitch: A Quick Review of Where the Pirates Stand With Draft Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a busy week signing draft picks. So far, they have agreed to deals with 21 players, officially announcing the signing of most of those players. The agreements include three of their first four picks, with all three prep players receiving seven figures. There are still players left to be signed, and still about a month to make that happen. At the rate the Pirates are currently signing players, they might...

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First Pitch: Are the Pirates Going to be Buyers or Sellers?
Jun13

First Pitch: Are the Pirates Going to be Buyers or Sellers?

It’s hard to get a feel for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their chances of competing this year. They move close to .500, then they lose a few games and drop further back. They’re 32-34, and yet they’re only 2.5 games back from the Wild Card race. They lose Francisco Liriano, although that might end up working better for them, since Liriano was struggling and couldn’t be removed from the rotation without an injury....

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