• Barmes Makes Adjustment, Improves at the Plate

    The common (and mostly correct) assessment of what Clint Barmes brings to the Pirates is that he's a player who provides a capable defensive option at shortstop but brings little to the table with his bat. One just needs to look to his 0 for 3 performance on Sunday against Houston to...

  • Reid Brignac Traded to the Yankees

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Minnesota Twins are two teams who could have interest in infielder Reid Brignac. https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/335436560768049153 Brignac was recently designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies after hitting for a .250/.294/.375 line in 48 at-bats. In his career in the majors he has a .228/.270/.321...

  • Prospect Trends: AAA Depth and WV Prospects Going in Different Directions

    Tony Sanchez currently sports a .936 OPS It's received wisdom these days that AAA teams serve more as taxi squads for their parent teams than as prospect development vehicles.  Most teams in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues are made up primarily of players who are beyond the prospect stage, but who...

  • Injury Update: Morton, Karstens and McDonald

    A quick update on some of the Pirates' pitchers recovering from injury: Jeff Karstens is scheduled to start for Altoona on Saturday. -- Charlie Morton pitched Thursday for Altoona, going four innings while allowing two hits (both home runs) and two runs (both earned) with one walk and one strikeout. Pittsburgh manager...

  • Red Sox Knew Joel Hanrahan Was an Injury Risk

      The Red Sox knew that there were health issues when they traded for Hanrahan. 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...

  • 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. Clint Barmes is out of the lineup against the Brewers and pitcher...

  • 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...

  • Andy Oliver Named the International League Pitcher of the Week

    Andy Oliver was 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...

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

    Anthony Rizzo's extension is a good guide for Starling Marte. Photo Credit: David Hague 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...

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

    The Pirates should extend Starling Marte. Photo credit: David Hague 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...

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