Ransom’s Late Homer Lifts Cubs Over Pirates 4-1

It irritates me when I do not post a game recap, because then the right side of the site has an old story under PIRATES GAME RECAPS, and that’s just no good. So let’s go over the important takeaways from this 4-1 Pirates loss on Sunday, utilizing the “Three Quick Thoughts” style of┬áSports Illustrated‘s Grant Wahl. 1. Justin Wilson’s trouble locating pitches lost the afternoon for the Bucs. Oh well....

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First Pitch: This Year is Different Because of the Depth

After recording the podcast today, I was talking with James and Tom about depth. We were specifically talking about the Dodgers, and how despite their mega payroll, they don’t really have a good team. They’ve had a lot of injuries, but who do they have behind those big salaries? Hanley Ramirez goes down, and Justin Sellers is their shortstop. It’s not like Dee Gordon was doing any better. They’ve lost a lot of...

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First Pitch: The Draft Compensation System is Still Broken

Last year the Collective Bargaining Agreement introduced some changes to the free agent compensation system. The system was overhauled, drastically reducing the amount of compensation picks that would be awarded. Here were the key changes: **Previously there were Type A and Type B free agents. A player was eligible for compensation if a team tendered them an offer of arbitration, giving them a raise on their previous year’s...

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The Market for Starting Pitchers — Free Agents, Non-Tenders, and Trades

A look at the starting pitcher options available in free agency, non tenders, and potential trades.

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First Pitch: Is the Pitching Staff Set?

The latest 2012 recap was the look at the starting pitchers. The last few years the Pirates have pursued a big free agent pitcher over the off-season. In 2010 they went after Jorge de la Rosa. Last year they went after Edwin Jackson. In each case the Pirates were turned down. Looking at the current makeup of the rotation, they might not have to go that route this year. A.J. Burnett will be returning. James McDonald had a horrible...

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