• First Pitch: Want to Write For Pirates Prospects?

    Now that the 2013 Prospect Guide is complete, I'm starting my focus on the site content in 2013. For information on the book, see the links and notes section below. I'm anticipating some big improvements for the site in 2013. One big change is that I'll be moving to Bradenton in February....

  • First Pitch: The Minor Leagues Exist For a Reason

    The Pirates are often criticized for having a slow approach at promoting prospects through the levels. That's not accurate criticism. There are plenty of examples where they've made aggressive promotions. The decision to send Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Willy Garcia, and Jose Osuna to West Virginia this year was aggressive. Sending Luis...

  • First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value and Jason Grilli’s Contract

    Last Thursday I wrote about Joel Hanrahan's future with the team if the Pirates were to sign Jason Grilli. The Pirates signed Grilli today to a two-year, $6.75 M deal. Hanrahan is projected to make about $7 M in arbitration, which means the Pirates would be spending a little over $10 M...

  • First Pitch: What the Pirates Can Take Away From the Royals/Rays Deal

    The Kansas City Royals and the Tampa Bay Rays made a big trade tonight, with Kansas City acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis in exchange for top prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, and Patrick Leonard. That's a pretty big return in prospects, with Myers being one of the top prospects...

  • First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Future With the Pirates

    If Jason Grilli is signed, will Joel Hanrahan get traded? The MLB Winter Meetings wrapped up today with a nice summary of how the entire meetings went. The Pirates didn't take anyone in the Rule 5 draft, sent Kyle Kaminska to the Red Sox to complete the Zach Stewart trade, and one...

  • First Pitch: The Trade Deadline Set Up a Slow Winter Meetings

    The 2012 Winter Meetings are coming to a close, with the 2012 Rule 5 draft marking the end of the week. The meetings have been very slow, not just for the Pirates, but for all teams. There have been some big deals handed out, but top free agents like Zack Greinke and...

  • First Pitch: Are the Free Agent Deals Really That Crazy?

    We've seen some crazy deals this off-season. Angel Pagan received four years and $40 M. Shane Victorino signed today for three years and $39 M. You could even argue that Russell Martin's two years and $17 M deal seems high. I started looking at the deals that have been signed this year,...

  • First Pitch: Evaluating the Non-Tendered Starting Pitchers

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking for pitching this off-season, and several pitchers just hit the open market as non-tenders. Rob Biertempfel and Tom Singer both reported today that the Pirates have shown interest in several of the non-tendered pitchers, specifically looking at left-handers John Lannan, Tom Gorzelanny, Manny Parra, and right-handers Jair...

  • First Pitch: Trying to Make Sense of Today’s Moves

    The Pirates had a busy day. They traded Chris Resop, who was arbitration eligible for the second time and projected to make $1.3 M. They also dealt Yamaico Navarro (same link), who wasn't arbitration eligible, but was designated for assignment the other day. They non-tendered Jeff Karstens, then reached a deal with...

  • First Pitch: Why the Pirates Shouldn’t (Have) Sign(ed) Russell Martin

    Earlier today I wrote my "First Pitch" article, titled "Why the Pirates Shouldn't Sign Russell Martin". I spent some time taking a deep look at Martin, and looking at the Pirates' situation. I had it all set up to post at midnight. Then the Pirates signed Martin to a two year, $17...

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