• Why the Joel Hanrahan Trade is a Good Move

    The Joel Hanrahan trade was completed today, with Hanrahan and Brock Holt going to Boston. The Pirates received four players in the trade: Jerry Sands, Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. Here are my thoughts on each player in the deal, and the overall trade. From the Pirates Joel...

  • Reviewing What Bob Nutting Said on Military Training

    For some reason the discussion of military training and the Pittsburgh Pirates is still going on. Back in September, Bob Nutting addressed the media and commented on the topic, with the original comments seen here. A big focus was placed on this quotes: "We should not be, will not be, are not...

  • Baseball Prospectus Releases Their Pirates Top 10 Prospects

    Gerrit Cole is the number one prospect in the system. Baseball Prospectus released their top 10 prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates system today. The article, with scouting reports on each player, can be seen here. Below are the names of their top ten. 1. RHP Gerrit Cole 2. RHP Jameson Taillon 3....

  • The 2012 Rule 5 Draft is Today

    The MLB Rule 5 draft is today at 10 AM EST. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an open spot on their 40-man roster, which means they could make a pick. Whether they actually make a pick is another issue. The Pirates have made a pick in every draft overseen by Neal Huntington. They...

  • Scott Boras Comments on Mark Appel and the Pirates

    Mark Appel didn't sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but we'll probably be hearing about him at least until the 2013 draft is over. Scott Boras addressed the media today at the Winter Meetings, and Rob Biertempfel had the following quote about the Pirates' chances of signing Appel: "There was no communication with us...

  • Clint Hurdle on Stolen Bases, Leadoff Hitters, Pitching, and More

    Clint Hurdle met with the media today at the MLB Winter Meetings. The transcript of the interview was sent out via press release. Below are some highlights. On who could lead off for the Pirates... "I'm not even going to go there right now because that'll get printed with here's who we're...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Winter Meetings Preview

    The 2012 MLB Winter Meetings take place this week, with the meetings usually kicking off the big off-season moves. In previous years the Pirates made most of their moves either during the meetings, or in the week following the meetings after setting the framework at the meetings. They've already signed Russell Martin,...

  • Who Will Be Tendered an Offer Tomorrow?

    Tomorrow night at midnight is the deadline to tender contracts for the 2013 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...

  • Pirates Hire Four Pro Scouts

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired four professional scouts, per a team press release. The scouts are Ricky Bennett, Carlos Berroa, Ron Hopkins, and John Kosciak. Bennett spent the last eight years with the Houston Astros, including the last two years as their Director of Professional Scouting. Prior to that he was with...

  • John Sickels Releases His Top 20 Pirates Prospects For 2013

    John Sickels has Gerrit Cole as his number one prospect. Over the weekend, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com released his top 20 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects for the 2013 season. As he notes, the grades are preliminary and subject to change, with no grade being final until January 5th. There weren't many surprises on...

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