Derrek Lee is the Best First Baseman “Available”

In looking at the numbers for the upcoming first basemen, one thing stood out to me: Derrek Lee is good. That’s kind of obvious if you watched what Lee did in his limited time with the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.  Lee only had 101 at-bats, but hit for a .337/.398/.584 line with seven homers.  But when comparing him to the rest of the free agents, Lee looks like the best option that is “available” to the Pirates. I...

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Why Aren’t the Pirates Keeping Paul Maholm?

It seems that every year there is a big story in the off-season that always leads to the same result.  The Pittsburgh Pirates make a move, the move is unfavorable to the fan base, and the immediate reaction is to speculate on what this means for the remainder of the off-season.  Usually the thought is “the Pirates will do nothing, and will go in to the following season with what they have”.  In the past, history has shown...

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2012 Free Agent Options: Shortstop

Heading in to the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates will have an interesting decision to make at the shortstop position.  They have an option for $3 M on Ronny Cedeno, who had a good year in 2011, highlighted by a 6.8 UZR/150 on the defensive side of the game.  Cedeno definitely earned a shot to be the starter in 2012, and it wouldn’t be a bad move to pick up his option.  That’s not to say that he’s the best option...

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2012 Free Agent Options: Catcher

Earlier today I reviewed the 2011 catching position for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with a look towards the 2012 season.  The Pirates will enter the off-season looking for a starting catcher, as they currently have no one under contract for the job in 2012.  Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder both have options, although each option is far too expensive when you consider the time missed by each player due to injuries over the last few years....

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2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Arbitration Eligible Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2011-12 off-season with ten players eligible for arbitration, including five players who are first time eligible.  The decisions to be made are interesting. 2011 breakout players Jeff Karstens and Charlie Morton will both be eligible for arbitration.  All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan will be eligible for his second year, and could see a significant raise.  Four other members of the bullpen will also be...

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Should the Pirates Trade Pedro Alvarez?

  Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported today that the Colorado Rockies will be searching for a new third baseman in 2012, and will be casting a wide net.  Renck mentions Pedro Alvarez in his list of the intriguing, and mentions that the team inquired on him in trade talks for Ian Stewart at the trade deadline, but received no interest. Alvarez is coming off a horrible year in 2011.  He had a .191/.272/.289 line in 235 at-bats...

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