• 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...

  • 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...

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