Red Sox Knew Joel Hanrahan Was an Injury Risk

  Per MLBTR, Buster Olney was on the Mut & Merloni radio show in Boston, and spoke during the interview about the Joel Hanrahan trade. Olney mentioned that the Red Sox, along with “many teams”, were aware that there were health issues with Hanrahan. Olney said that’s why the Pirates didn’t get much of a return. I think the return they got was a good one. I thought that at the time, and that’s...

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Pirates Pregame: Alvarez, Barmes Sit Against Gallardo

Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes will both sit today in favor of Brandon Inge and recently-recalled Jordy Mercer. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the move was made because Alvarez and Barmes historically have struggled against Milwaukee starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo. “Our lineup is extended better that it has ever been before as far as being able to hit deeper,” Hurdle said. “(Alvarez) is 0 for 15 against...

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Pirates Pregame: Martin Back in the Lineup

Russell Martin is back in the lineup for the Pirates tonight, playing catcher and hitting seventh. Martin said the soreness in his neck that has kept him out of a handful of recent games is gone. “There was soreness in there. you can play through some soreness but when it’s your neck and you’re playing a position where there can be some contact  you want your neck to feel like it can support your head,” Martin...

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Andy Oliver Named the International League Pitcher of the Week

Andy Oliver made two starts last week for the Indianapolis Indians, and combined to give up one earned run in 11 innings, allowing just five hits, and posting an 11:10 K/BB ratio. For the pair of starts, Oliver was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. Oliver threw six shutout innings last Monday, giving up two hits, walking four, and striking out five. In his second start he gave up one run on three hits in five...

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Anthony Rizzo’s Extension is a Good Guide For Starling Marte

On Saturday I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates should extend Starling Marte, giving a price guide for a potential deal. Last night the Chicago Cubs extended first baseman Anthony Rizzo on a seven year, $41 M deal with two option years. Coming into the season Rizzo had 0.168 years of service time. He had six years of control remaining, including 2013, and would have been a Super Two player after the 2014 season. That’s...

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Pirates Should Extend Starling Marte – And Here’s a Price Guide

I was discussing Starling Marte on Twitter this afternoon with Travis Sawchik of the Trib and Charlie of Bucs Dugout, and we got on the topic of extensions. Marte currently has less than a year of service time, and at the end of this season he will have a little over one full year. We all agreed today that Marte should be extended, perhaps as early as yesterday. But the list of offensive players who have received such extensions with...

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