When Will the Pirates Shed the Cheap Label?
Dec08

When Will the Pirates Shed the Cheap Label?

The biggest offensive upgrade for the Pittsburgh Pirates this off-season might end up being a guy who gets a lot of value from his defense. The Pirates won’t bring back one of their better pitchers from last year because they refuse to sign him for the money he’s projected to receive. Most of their off-season has involved low-key signings and trades, or the focus on bounce back players. And while other teams are spending...

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Is First Base Now a Buyer’s Market?
Dec04

Is First Base Now a Buyer’s Market?

There have been a few moves involving first base this off-season which have really shifted the market. The Twins had a need at first base, but filled that when they moved Joe Mauer to the position full time. The Rangers acquired Prince Fielder from the Tigers, and Detroit moved Miguel Cabrera across the diamond to replace Fielder. Those two moves eliminated at least two teams from the free agent market, without removing any free...

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What Does the Chris Stewart Deal Mean For Tony Sanchez?
Dec02

What Does the Chris Stewart Deal Mean For Tony Sanchez?

  The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired backup catcher Chris Stewart today, which led to a lot of questions about the future of Tony Sanchez. In my non-tender preview, I gave Michael McKenry a 50% chance of being tendered, saying the Pirates could keep him as a depth option, or go with a better player at a similar cost. They opted to go with the better player, as Stewart has poor offense but some of the best defense in the game. The...

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Who Will Be Tendered a Contract by the Pirates Today?
Dec02

Who Will Be Tendered a Contract by the Pirates Today?

Tonight (Monday night) at midnight is the deadline to tender contracts for the 2014 season. Any player who does not have a contract — arbitration eligible players and players with 1-3 years of service time — must be tendered an offer by the deadline, or be non-tendered. If a player is non-tendered, he immediately becomes a free agent. The tender deadline isn’t a big deal for guys making the league minimum. Those guys...

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Week In Review: Dickerson Trade Highlights a Quiet Holiday Week
Dec01

Week In Review: Dickerson Trade Highlights a Quiet Holiday Week

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. I took a few days off from the site and the Prospect Guide to spend time with family. That included cooking a hickory smoked turkey, watching the Penguins beat the Lightning up in Tampa, and making a 30 foot chip for par. You could say that was more activity than the Pirates had this week, as their moves were limited to a minor trade and a few minor league transactions. Next week will...

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Week In Review: The Slow Off-Season Put in Perspective
Nov24

Week In Review: The Slow Off-Season Put in Perspective

The Pittsburgh Pirates had an amazing off-season last year. They had two of the best free agent signings with Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. They made a great trade to get Mark Melancon for Joel Hanrahan. Jason Grilli was signed at a below market rate for closers. They bought low on Jeanmar Gomez and Vin Mazzaro, getting both relievers for next to nothing. And one year ago today the amount of moves they had made was zero. The...

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