Francisco Liriano Named Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year
Oct21

Francisco Liriano Named Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year

The Sporting News released their AL and NL Comeback Player of the Year awards today, and Francisco Liriano ran away with the NL portion. The awards were based on player votes. Liriano received 58 votes, putting him 50 votes ahead of any other candidate in the National League. The next best competition he had came from his teammates. Mark Melancon finished with the second most votes, with eight. Marlon Byrd, who was acquired in a late...

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Gregory Polanco: “The Walking Toolshed”
Oct18

Gregory Polanco: “The Walking Toolshed”

In order to get out of the Dominican Republic as a baseball player, the saying goes, “No one walks off the island.” In a country with so much baseball talent per capita, scouts want to see Dominican players hit. Showing a good eye at the plate would not be enough to project future success. Scouts have to have faith that they could handle the bat and “hit their way off the island.” It is impossible to walk off an island, right? Not...

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Pirates Add a New Minor League Affiliate in the Appy League
Oct16

Pirates Add a New Minor League Affiliate in the Appy League

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they have added a new minor league affiliate in the Appy League. The team will play in Bristol, VA, starting in 2014.  The Pirates Bristol affiliate will play in the five team Appalachian League West Division along with Kingsport (New York Mets), Greeneville (Houston), Elizabethton (Minnesota) and Johnson City (St. Louis). The Appalachian League is a rookie league, on the same level as the...

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Could the Pirates Have a $100 M Payroll in 2014?
Oct13

Could the Pirates Have a $100 M Payroll in 2014?

Today I finished putting together the 2014 40-man payroll page, which will be updated throughout the off-season, and in to the regular season. Bookmark that link, as I’ll be updating the chart after every move throughout the off-season. The chart provides an estimate  of the year-end 2014 payroll, which will definitely change throughout the off-season. Right now the estimate is made up of three things. First we have the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013-14 Off-Season Contract Situations
Oct13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013-14 Off-Season Contract Situations

The MLB off-season is full of potential moves, whether those moves are free agency, option years, arbitration eligible players, or non-tender candidates. Earlier this week I looked at some of the bigger moves that were in store for the Pirates this off-season. Below is a list of players who are eligible for off-season transactions, along with some important dates for those transactions. Pending Free Agents 5th Day After the World...

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The Pirates Won’t Have Problems Attracting Free Agents
Oct11

The Pirates Won’t Have Problems Attracting Free Agents

We’re about a month away from the time when Major League Baseball players are first eligible for free agency. We’re about two months away from the time when those players actually start to sign with teams. So it’s early in the process. But it’s not too early to get a feel for how free agency could play out for the Pirates. I’m not talking about specific players. I’m not talking about specific...

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