First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?
Nov01

First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?

It’s time to put on the General Manager hats. Over the last few weeks I’ve been recapping the 2013 season, providing a look ahead at each position for 2014, and looking at possible free agents for certain positions. What we know is that the Pirates will have question marks at first base, right field, and starting pitcher. There are other concerns, such as the backup middle infield spot, and which catcher will take the...

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Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes
Oct31

Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes

Tom Singer has some free agent updates for the Pirates, highlighted by the Pirates being eager to sign three of their seven free agents: A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes. Singer notes that the Pirates will likely make Burnett a qualifying offer, but that they don’t need to rush negotiations since he’s deciding between the Pirates and retiring. He also says that Neal Huntington could push hard to re-sign Barmes...

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The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014
Oct22

The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014

One of the biggest keys to the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates was their pitching depth. The Pirates used 12 different starting pitchers, and most of those starters were used in the first three months of the season. That didn’t count guys like Jeff Karstens and Kyle McPherson, who were counted on pre-season as depth options, but weren’t available due to injuries. The off-season focus is always on the five man...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Starting Rotation
Oct22

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: The Starting Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season this year in large part to their starting rotation. It wasn’t the Opening Day rotation that led to their success. It was the depth throughout the season that kept the Pirates afloat. The Pirates ended up using 12 starting pitchers, and most of those starters made an appearance in the first three months of the season. They didn’t have many pitchers who were removed from the...

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Qualifying Offer For Free Agents Reportedly Increases
Oct11

Qualifying Offer For Free Agents Reportedly Increases

Joel Sherman of the NY Post hears that the qualifying offer for pending free agents will increase this year to $14.1 M, up from $13.3 M. I heard qualifying offer for free agents this offseason is going to be $14.1M, up from $13.3M last year. Impacts Cano, Grandy, etc #Yankees — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 11, 2013 If you’re unfamiliar with the process, teams can issue a qualifying offer to a player who is about to...

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