• 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...

  • First Pitch: Free Agency Begins

    MLB's free agency period began at 12:01 AM EST, which means that players are now free to sign with other teams. For the Pirates, that means that Jason Grilli, Kevin Correia, and Chad Qualls are now free agents. Here are some other notes on free agency this year. **The process for draft...

  • First Pitch: A Reminder on Pedro Alvarez’s Contract

    Today the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up the option year for Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez has a unique contract which usually brings some confusion about how long the Pirates have him under control. As a refresher, I thought I'd break down his deal. Alvarez is still under the deal he signed out of the...

  • First Pitch: McCutchen Wasn’t the Pirate That Deserved a Gold Glove

    My tweet tonight immediately after Andrew McCutchen won a gold glove: Andrew McCutchen hits his way to his first career Gold Glove. It received several retweets, which I can only assume is other people mocking what has become of the Gold Glove award. The Gold Glove award is supposed to recognize defense....

  • First Pitch: It’s Time to Focus on the Real Issues With the Pirates

    When the Navy SEAL training report first came out, it was packaged with so many other topics that it turned the situation into a much bigger story than it was. The Navy SEAL training was paired with the "Hoka Hey" e-mail, and all of this came on the day when the Pittsburgh...

  • First Pitch: Navy SEALs Training…Only the Pirates…Plus a Ton of Other Teams

    The Navy SEALs discussion is back. Dejan Kovacevic brought the topic up for the third time tonight, this time mentioning a possible injury by Gregory Polanco. I say possible, because there's some conflicting information. Here is what Kovacevic had to say. Polanco’s ankle was sprained in mid-August, and it cost him most...

  • 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...

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