Comparing Corey Hart and Gaby Sanchez
Dec21

Comparing Corey Hart and Gaby Sanchez

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Corey Hart for $2.5 M, with an additional $2.5 M in possible incentives. He will presumably play first base when left-handed pitchers are on the mound, but could also serve as a backup in the outfield. One of the things I noticed in response to the signing was the inevitable comparison to Gaby Sanchez, with some wondering why the Pirates got rid of Sanchez (who was due an estimated $2.7 M) just...

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Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field
Dec15

Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field

Over the weekend at PirateFest, several players and Ray Searage met with the media to discuss the upcoming season. Here are some notes from a few of those interviews, starting with a few notes from Searage. **Gerrit Cole was up and down in 2014, but showed flashes of his ace potential, especially in the month of September when he had a 45:6 K/BB ratio to go along with a 2.55 xFIP in 39.1 innings pitched. Ray Searage believes that Cole...

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Pirates Have One Specific Need Heading into the Winter Meetings
Dec07

Pirates Have One Specific Need Heading into the Winter Meetings

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings take place this week, running Monday through the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. The meetings are a time when things really kick off in free agency and on the trade market. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, I wouldn’t be surprised if the meetings are slow. There aren’t many areas where the Pirates need to seek an upgrade. **They seem to be going with an all-defense catching combo of...

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Links: Trade Values, Mark Melancon’s Arbitration Price
Dec03

Links: Trade Values, Mark Melancon’s Arbitration Price

Two interesting links to share this morning, while I take a brief break from writing profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide. **Every year, Jonah Keri at Grantland releases a “Trade Values” series, looking at the top 50 most valuable assets in baseball. Part one of his list went up today, and includes two Pirates outfielders. Gregory Polanco ranked 45th, falling into a tier of talented young outfielders, along with Jorge Soler...

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Tyler Glasnow News and Links
Nov30

Tyler Glasnow News and Links

It’s been a quiet few days for baseball news since the holiday, but Tyler Glasnow is getting an unusual amount of press for this time of the year. Most consider the 6’7″ right-hander to be the top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system and he certainly picked up the awards and recognition this year to go along with that ranking. Here are three links from the last few days to keep you busy while we wait for some...

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Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2014 Rule 5 Draft
Nov20

Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2014 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding four players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 11th. The players on the lists below are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. When a player is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, that means any team can select him in the draft, paying $50,000 to the former team. The drafting team has to protect that player by placing him on the 25-man roster for the...

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