• First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Off-Season Trade Value; New Comment System

    For the last year and a half, I've been talking about how the Pittsburgh Pirates should trade Joel Hanrahan. To sum up the reasoning, Hanrahan is a great reliever and a great closer, but the value of a closer is small, the trade value of closers is usually huge, and the Pirates...

  • First Pitch: Is the Pitching Staff Set?

    The latest 2012 recap was the look at the starting pitchers. The last few years the Pirates have pursued a big free agent pitcher over the off-season. In 2010 they went after Jorge de la Rosa. Last year they went after Edwin Jackson. In each case the Pirates were turned down. Looking...

  • First Pitch: Potential Off-Season Moves

    In estimating the 2013 payroll, I had to make some guesses on which players would return. Some of the guesses I didn't like making. There are some players who I feel could be candidates to be removed from the 40-man roster, but I left them on the 40-man. I explained that this...

  • First Pitch: Pirates Still Looking For Long Term Corner Outfield Solutions

    After posting the 2012 corner outfield recap, I looked back at last year's recap. The story was about the same, only with a few new faces. Last year the Pirates were relying on Alex Presley and Jose Tabata to be their solutions for 2012. They had Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman in...

  • First Pitch: Future Payroll and Player Pages Updated

    We're doing some end of the year work on the site, getting some of the featured sections ready for next year. The following sections have been updated for the end of the 2012 season. **Wilbur Miller has updated all of the player pages. You can view the pages for every player in...

  • First Pitch: More Big Market Success Stories

    I haven't watched much of the MLB playoffs. To be honest, I haven't watched any of it, outside of catching the box scores at night and watching the highlights in the morning. When the playoffs started, I mentioned I was rooting for Oakland, even though the chances of them winning it all...

  • First Pitch: The Questionable Decision to Trade Away the Compensation Pick

    The moves the Pirates made at the deadline have come under question in the last two months, with some feeling that the Pirates didn't do enough at the deadline to improve the team. Considering the nature of the team's second half collapse, I'd have a hard time arguing that one player would...

  • First Pitch: There’s No Reason to Bring Back Barajas

    Today we started the 2012 recaps of the individual positions, focusing on the 2012 season and a look ahead at future seasons and the prospects in the organization. The first position was a spot that will probably lead to a lot of discussion over the off-season, and that was the catching position....

  • First Pitch: Instructs This Week

    I've been on the road a lot the last two days, so no updates over the weekend. I'm in Florida right now, and will be reporting from instructs this week, while getting the final content needed for the 2013 Prospect Guide. The Pirates play at home tomorrow, which usually means one Triple-A...

  • First Pitch: The Case Against Extending Neil Walker

    Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata to extensions. At the time there was talk that Neil Walker could also be a candidate to be extended, as the club was talking with him about the possibility. The two sides are still talking, and will enter this off-season with...

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