First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate
Nov12

First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how Chris Stewart would be the best option for the Pittsburgh Pirates at catcher if Russell Martin leaves as a free agent. The idea that Martin will leave seems likely. He’s reportedly looking for a five-year deal at $75-80 M, which is close to Brian McCann money (5 years, $85 M). I’m not even sure if Brian McCann deserved Brian McCann money. If that is the price (and it might be...

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First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base
Nov07

First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base

A few weeks ago I wrote about the first base platoon, asking which players should stick around for the platoon in 2015. The Pittsburgh Pirates saw all of their internal options have down years in 2014, with Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez, and Pedro Alvarez all struggling at the plate. Based on the career numbers, a platoon of Davis and Sanchez would be the best internal option. However, this would also cost around $7 M, which is getting...

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First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?
Oct22

First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some interesting decisions to make at first base this off-season. And by “interesting decisions”, I mean they’ve got a group of players making a lot of combined money, with none of them coming off a good year at the first base position. The three-headed platoon of Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis, and Gaby Sanchez will probably make around $13.5 M, which is a bit misleading, since the...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 19

On this date in 2007 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded relief pitcher Mike Gonzalez along with minor leaguer Brett Lillibridge, to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for first baseman Adam LaRoche and minor leaguer Jamie Romak. Gonzalez had pitched out of the Pirates bullpen for four seasons and in 2006 he took over the closer role where he saved 24 games with a 2.17 ERA in 54 innings. During the 2004 season the lefty had a 1.25 ERA in 47...

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Trade Target – Adam Laroche

With the Nationals in pursuit of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, is there a chance the Pirates could trade for Adam Laroche if either of those players sign with the Nats?

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