• First Pitch: Where Will All of the 1B/OF Options Fit?

    The Pirates have a lot of 1B/OF options, but plenty of room for all of them. -- Image Credit: Mark Olson The Pittsburgh Pirates have added a lot of 1B/OF options for their major league squad in the last year. They traded for Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez at the trade deadline....

  • First Pitch: Will Karstens Push Locke and McPherson to Indianapolis?

    Jeff Karstens won't necessarily bump Jeff Locke or Kyle McPherson from the rotation. - Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Jeff Karstens last week, a lot of people assumed they were moving on from Francisco Liriano. Now that the team has agreed to a revised deal with Liriano, the...

  • First Pitch: The Long-Term Costs Of Arbitration Decisions

    The Pittsburgh Pirates exchanged arbitration figures with two players today, giving us a look at what each side is asking for in each individual case. The players who exchanged figures were James McDonald and Neil Walker. The Pirates will now receive arbitration hearings with each of these players. The sides can agree...

  • First Pitch: Aggressively Ranking Prospects

    Today I posted the profile for the number 12 prospect in the system, Dilson Herrera. In the write-up I mentioned that Herrera was the favorite to be the 2013 version of Alen Hanson or Gregory Polanco. In somewhat of a coincidence, Charlie at Bucs Dugout posted a review of the 2013 Prospect...

  • First Pitch: Is Jeff Karstens Over-Rated or Under-Rated?

    Back at the end of November the Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered right-handed pitcher Jeff Karstens. The move was pretty controversial at the time. Karstens was projected to make $3.8 M through arbitration and was coming off a pretty good year when he was healthy. The starter posted a 3.97 ERA in 90.2 innings,...

  • First Pitch: Technical Difficulties

    I was going to write about Jeff Karstens tonight, or about the ridiculous contract given to Rafael Soriano by the Washington Nationals (two years, $28 M, plus they lose a first round pick). However, I didn't have much time today since I was busy fixing some technical difficulties on the site. Early...

  • First Pitch: Projecting 81-84 Wins for the 2013 Pirates Using ZiPS

    Today the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates ZiPS projections were released on FanGraphs. The projections included WAR estimates for every player. It's difficult to get a season projection out of these results. The playing time for each player isn't exactly accurate. For example, Clint Barmes, Chase d'Arnaud, Josh Harrison, and Jordy Mercer are all...

  • First Pitch: A Garrett Jones Trade Might Not Be a Guarantee

    Throughout most of the off-season, it seemed inevitable that the Pittsburgh Pirates would trade Joel Hanrahan. There also seemed to be a strong possibility that Garrett Jones could be traded. In both cases we heard plenty of rumors about each player. Both players were due for a raise in arbitration. There was...

  • First Pitch: What Are the Alternatives if the Liriano Deal Falls Through?

    Back on December 21st, the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a two-year deal with left-hander Francisco Liriano. The deal has yet to be finalized, and we learned the other day that Liriano suffered an injury to his right arm, which is holding up the deal. It seems the deal could go either way...

  • First Pitch: Where Would the Farm System Be Without Cole and Taillon?

    Yesterday, Jim Callis wrote that he had the Pittsburgh Pirates as his 8th best farm system. That brought up a discussion on Twitter tonight about the quality of the system. I missed the original discussion. I was driving across Florida all day, finalizing things for this year's coverage (aka, making sure I...

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