The Reality of How the Pirates and Cardinals Build Their Teams
Nov24

The Reality of How the Pirates and Cardinals Build Their Teams

The St. Louis Cardinals were busy this week. On Friday they traded David Freese for Peter Bourjos, which should set off a chain of roster shuffling that will result in St. Louis upgrading their defense at three different spots. Last night, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that the Cardinals were closing in on a deal with shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Jon Morosi reported that it is expected to be a four-year deal. Free agent Jhonny Peralta...

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The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased
Nov22

The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased

Today I was looking over the early free agent signings, trying to get an idea of how much free agents were getting paid per win this off-season. In the past, free agents usually received $4-5 M per win, with the $5 M total coming in recent years. The idea floating around is that free agent prices will be going up this off-season with the new National TV revenue kicking in. My theory before looking at the free agents who have signed...

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Prospect Rewind: Getting to Know Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez
Nov21

Prospect Rewind: Getting to Know Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates added four players to the 40-man roster, protecting them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Everyone knows about Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. They were two of the biggest breakout prospects in baseball in 2012, and have been two of the top 50 prospects in the game ever since. Readers of this site might know a bit more about Casey Sadler and Joely Rodriguez, but still probably not as much as the other...

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Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2013 Rule 5 Draft
Nov20

Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2013 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 12th. 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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Week In Review: Pirates Quiet in Free Agency, Busy with Awards
Nov17

Week In Review: Pirates Quiet in Free Agency, Busy with Awards

Last week we started a new feature called “Week in Review”, which surprisingly reviewed the weekly articles on the site and the weekly news surrounding the Pirates. It can be difficult to keep up with everything over the off-season, especially with other sports going on. Below is a summary of all of the top stories from the past week, making sure you didn’t miss anything. The weekly review wouldn’t be complete...

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Frank Coonelly Fighting for Small Market Teams Against the Yankees
Nov16

Frank Coonelly Fighting for Small Market Teams Against the Yankees

I’ve talked a bit on here about the changes that have been discussed for the posting system for Japanese players. If you’re unfamiliar with the system, it is the process that allows a player from a Japanese league, such as Nippon Professional Baseball, to sign with a Major League team. The former agreement allowed teams to bid on the player. The highest bid, or posting fee, would win the rights to negotiate a contract with...

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