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 leading off.  I don’t know right now.  I’ve got some thoughts.  I’ve got some thoughts on who...

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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, and have an interesting situation going into this week. The Pirates are both buyers and sellers. They showed...

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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 immediately becomes a free agent. The tender deadline isn’t a big deal for guys making the league minimum. Those guys are...

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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 Detroit for eight years, including three years as the Director of Minor League Operations. Berroa spent 15 years with...

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John Sickels Releases His Top 20 Pirates Prospects For 2013

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 the list. In comparing his list to our list, there are a few differences in the ranking order, but for the most part everyone is in the same tiers. Sickels breaks his...

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Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2012 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding five players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 6th. The list below includes the players who were left unprotected for the draft. Before I get to the list, I want to point out a mistake on Gift Ngoepe’s eligibility. Ngoepe signed with the Pirates in late-2008 at the age of 18. This would have been his fifth Rule 5 draft since he...

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