Alvarez, McCutchen Seeing Good Results with New Batting Stances

BRADENTON — Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen both tweaked their batting stances this offseason.¬†McCutchen hit just .216 after the second half of the season in 2011 after a strong first half that named him to the National League All-Star team. Alvarez appeared in just 74 games with Pittsburgh with a .191 average after a solid 2010 where he was named Rookie-of-the-Month in September. With a goal to improve upon their 2011...

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McCutchen Learned From Ups and Downs to Get Stronger

  BRADENTON — The 2011 season was like a tale of two season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After being at the top of the National League Central for the first four months of the season, the team struggled for the final two months. However, learning from those struggles can ultimately make the players a better ball club. All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen said the 2011 season was a great learning experience, and he used...

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Updated Value of a Win & How It Relates to Andrew McCutchen

A recent piece on Fangraphs re-establishes the value of the cost per win on the free agent market. How does this affect the decision by the Pirates this past off-season and going forward with Andrew McCutchen?

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Andrew McCutchen’s Extension Value

One of the big topics this off-season is whether the Pittsburgh Pirates will extend their top player, Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen is entering his final year of league minimum pay. He will be arbitration eligible in 2013, and will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season if no extension is reached. The topic of a McCutchen extension came up again this past weekend. In a radio interview with Bob Pompeani, Pirates’ General...

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Andrew McCutchen Ranks Second Among 25 and Under Players

Keith Law released a ranking of baseball’s best players who are 25 and under. The list doesn’t include anyone who has lost their Rookie of the Year eligibility, so most top prospects were not included. ¬†Andrew McCutchen was ranked second on the list, trailing only Justin Upton. Law noted that McCutchen doesn’t have the offensive upside of Upton, but provides more value on defense. He also notes that McCutchen is...

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