First Pitch: The First Base Rumor Mill is Active
Dec10

First Pitch: The First Base Rumor Mill is Active

Day one of the Winter Meetings is over, and it was pretty uneventful for most of the league. There were a lot of rumors — or for the Pirates there were actual rumors and topics to discuss — but nothing went down. That’s kind of expected after all of the moves that were made last week. A lot of the rumors today seemed to indicate that some moves could be made later this week. That was especially true with the first...

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First Pitch: Looks Like the Pirates Will Stay In House For Right Field
Dec05

First Pitch: Looks Like the Pirates Will Stay In House For Right Field

Heading into the off-season, it looked likely that the Pittsburgh Pirates could stay in-house in right field, rather than going after a free agent. If there was any doubt about that plan, it was removed on Monday when they tendered a contract to Travis Snider. By tendering a contract, the Pirates are guaranteeing that Snider will be on the team next year, and likely making $1.4 M. They also acquired Jaff Decker earlier in the...

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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Be Involved in This Free Agent Market?
Dec04

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Be Involved in This Free Agent Market?

Just to provide some confirmation, the winter meetings don’t start until NEXT week. It seemed like the meetings started today with all of the transactions that went down throughout the day. If you’re a Pirates fan, there’s a chance that you didn’t notice, since the Pirates weren’t involved in any of the moves. Here is a rundown of all of today’s transactions, with some Pirates-related thoughts...

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First Pitch: The Big Lesson Learned in 2013
Dec03

First Pitch: The Big Lesson Learned in 2013

A few years ago — I don’t remember the exact year — I was reading an off-season article written by Pat Lackey at WHYGAVS. In the article, Pat talked about what he learned about the game the previous season. There was something about that concept that just clicked with me. Baseball is a pretty simple game at the core, but when you dig into the strategies involved, you start to see how complex the game can be. No...

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First Pitch: Why I Trust Neal Huntington
Nov27

First Pitch: Why I Trust Neal Huntington

If it was up to me, A.J. Burnett would have been given a qualifying offer of $14.1 M. That would have been more than a fair price for Burnett, no matter what valuation system you look at, and no matter what cost per win you use. I also believe that the Pirates have the payroll for Burnett, since that salary would put them right around $77 M, which is a few million more than where they finished last year. Factor in the added revenue...

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First Pitch: Will the Pirates Get a First Baseman or a Right Fielder?
Nov26

First Pitch: Will the Pirates Get a First Baseman or a Right Fielder?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have needs at first base and right field this off-season. They have several internal options for the positions, although it would be best if they went with at least one free agent to give them a boost. At first base, the Pirates look to be going back to a platoon. They’ll be looking for someone to pair up with Gaby Sanchez, which is the opposite of the last two years when they were looking for someone like...

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