Ike Davis Looks Forward to Fresh Start With the Pirates
Apr19

Ike Davis Looks Forward to Fresh Start With the Pirates

Follow @NateBarnes_ When the Pittsburgh Pirates were rumored to have an interest in former New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis during the winter months, Davis had his fingers crossed. “I did kind of want the Pirates because my brother lives in Sarasota area, I wanted to spring train there,” Davis said. “But it didn’t work out that way. Hopefully next year.” This year, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is looking forward to drawing on...

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Neal Huntington Thinks the Pirates Can Get Ike Davis on the Right Track
Apr18

Neal Huntington Thinks the Pirates Can Get Ike Davis on the Right Track

Follow @NateBarnes_ The Pittsburgh Pirates traded for Ike Davis Friday night, shortly before first pitch of their game. In return, the New York Mets receive Triple-A right-handed pitcher Zack Thornton and a player-to-be-named-later. Davis, a 27-year-old left-handed first baseman, will take Travis Ishikawa’s spot in the platoon at first base although general manager Neal Huntington is reluctant to use that term as it allows manager...

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Photos and Analysis From Last Night’s Pirates Win Over the Brewers
Apr18

Photos and Analysis From Last Night’s Pirates Win Over the Brewers

Over the past weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates were swept in a three game series by the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first series loss of the season for the Pirates, and dropped them to .500. Last night the Pirates returned home to face the Brewers in a new series. This time around they won 11-2, thanks to four home runs and strong pitching from Edinson Volquez. Here is a photo recap from last night, with some thoughts on a few of the...

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Do Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew Make Sense for the Pirates?
Apr16

Do Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew Make Sense for the Pirates?

Over the weekend, Ken Rosenthal talked about how the Pittsburgh Pirates could sign either Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales after the draft in June. Rosenthal wasn’t saying that Morales and Drew were linked to the Pirates, or that the Pirates had a plan to go after them. He was just connecting the dots and bringing up a possible scenario. It does make a lot of sense on the surface. One of the big drawbacks for Morales and Drew is...

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Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco
Apr15

Development is coming quickly for Gregory Polanco

Development in the minors There is no doubt that Gregory Polanco is living up to the hype early in the 2014 season at Triple-A. While most of the decision to start Polanco in Triple-A was undoubtedly about the Super Two situation and the future cost, there is some value in not throwing him to the wolves right away. He is gaining an enormous amount of confidence feeding on under-matched Triple-A pitching. Most importantly, Polanco did...

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Links: International Spending, Marte Extension Value, MLB Blackouts
Apr15

Links: International Spending, Marte Extension Value, MLB Blackouts

**Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote yesterday that MLB has quietly been slashing money for international players, while the draft bonus pools are rising. He points out that the average international pools have been rising by 1.2 percent. However, teams previously could sign six players for $50,000 or less without having those signings count towards their bonus pools. That is no longer allowed, which means that each team will have...

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