2009 Pirates Preview: To trade or not to trade?

Last year the Pirates made two major trades, dealing outfielders Jason Bay and Xavier Nady, plus left handed reliever Damaso Marte, in an attempt to give the farm system a quick boost in the rebuilding process. In return for those deals, the Pirates received eight players. Those eight players include starting third baseman Andy LaRoche, starting right fielder Brandon Moss, number four and five starters Ross Ohlendorf and Jeff...

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2009 Pirates Preview: The Opening Day Roster

With the 25-Man roster set, and assuming no trades will be made, let’s go player by player and review the expectations for each guy this season. STARTING LINEUP C – Ryan Doumit: Doumit had a breakout season last year, batting .318 with 15 homers in 431 at bats. Simply put, Doumit needs to stay healthy, and prove that performance wasn’t a fluke. 1B – Adam LaRoche: The story on LaRoche has been the same almost...

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Pirates cut three, Jaramillo and Ohlendorf win jobs

According to DK at the PBC Blog, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut Steve Pearce, Robinzon Diaz, and Anderson Machado. The Diaz move means that Jason Jaramillo is now a lock for the backup catcher job, something that has been confirmed by Neal Huntington. Check out the Spring Training Tracker and the 25 Man Roster Projection to see how the moves impact the Pirates, and who is left in camp fighting for a job. Huntington also announced...

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Reading Between the Lines: Coonelly Chat

Frank Coonelly did his monthly chat yesterday. While my opinion is that most GMs and CEOs in baseball (Pirates included) won’t come out and say everything in these situations, I believe we can read between the lines in certain cases and take a guess as to what the plan could be. So in an attempt to do that, let’s read between the lines for yesterday’s chat with Coonelly: stwoods53: I think you’re doing a great...

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Draft Results (So Far) and BlogTalkRadio.com

The draft I had yesterday isn’t over. We only had 14 teams, but the first three rounds took an hour, and it took four hours to complete 20 of the 29 rounds. We’re on the 22nd round now, drafting in the conference breaks, and will hopefully finish by the end of the conference. I managed to get the following team, with three Pirates (picking 7th): 1. OF – Grady Sizemore2. 1B – Lance Berkman3. 2B – Brian...

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