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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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Need to Act Differently This Year?
Nov22

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Need to Act Differently This Year?

The Pittsburgh Pirates were contenders in 2013. They were contenders because of bounce back pitchers like A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano. They were contenders because they relied on unproven prospects, rather than going for the “guarantee” of an established major leaguer. They were contenders because they went against the norms — placing higher values on defense, pitch framing, ground balls, defensive shifts, and...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Added Some 2014 MLB Players Today
Nov20

First Pitch: The Pirates Added Some 2014 MLB Players Today

The moves the Pirates made today were all of the minor league variety. First they signed five minor league free agents — all right-handed pitchers. They followed that up with the expected Rule 5 roster moves, protecting four prospects from the draft on December 12th. While all of these moves involved minor league players, it’s very likely that today’s additions will lead to MLB production at some point during the...

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