First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Deal is Looking Great Right Now
Nov19

First Pitch: Russell Martin’s Deal is Looking Great Right Now

Today the Philadelphia Phillies signed Carlos Ruiz to a three-year, $26 M deal with an option for a fourth season that comes with a $500 K buyout. The deal will pay Ruiz $8.5 M in each of the next three years, with the chance to earn an additional $500 K for 125 games caught. My immediate reaction to that deal? Russell Martin looks like a steal right now. The Pirates signed Martin to a two-year deal, paying him the same $8.5 M per...

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First Pitch: How Long Can Andrew McCutchen Post MVP Numbers?
Nov14

First Pitch: How Long Can Andrew McCutchen Post MVP Numbers?

Neal Huntington has made a lot of good moves in his time as the General Manager. This past off-season he signed two of the biggest values on the free agent market when he brought in Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. He traded for A.J. Burnett the previous off-season, getting the starter for next to nothing in prospects and at a reduced price. He’s drafted well, and those drafts are starting to produce results in the majors....

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First Pitch: Spend on Hitting, Save on Pitching
Nov13

First Pitch: Spend on Hitting, Save on Pitching

If you look at what the Pittsburgh Pirates have done the last few years, you start to notice a few trends. The trend of saving on pitching has been pretty well established. At first they were doing this with the bullpen, and then they started getting more out of starting pitchers. The approach with pitchers has gotten to the point where it looks like the Pirates would rather go with a new bounce back candidate, rather than taking the...

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First Pitch: Welcome to the Early Off-Season Panic
Nov13

First Pitch: Welcome to the Early Off-Season Panic

Today the Philadelphia Phillies signed Marlon Byrd to a two-year, $16 M deal with an option for a third year at $8 M. Almost immediately after the report came out, there were Pirates fans complaining about how the Pirates aren’t going to do anything to upgrade the team, they’re not going to spend money this off-season, and so on. Keep in mind that we’re about a week removed from the moment where free agents hit the...

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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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