The Pirates need a Joe Mauer

Anyone who has ever done a few fantasy baseball drafts with me, or who ever read my analysis when I was a fantasy baseball analyst, knows that there are certain players who I absolutely love.  In fact, I just completed a draft in which I couldn’t pass up my boy Chad Billingsley, even if it meant missing out on one of my favorite middle round outfielders this year in Jason Kubel. If I made a lineup of my favorite fantasy...

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Alvarez and Tabata cut, Super Two breakdown

The Pittsburgh Pirates made two waves of cuts this morning, first cutting Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Doug Bernier, and Jonathan Van Every.  They followed that up by cutting Tyler Yates, Jimmy Barthmaier, Neal Cotts, and Craig Hansen. Alvarez and Tabata were optioned to AAA, while the rest of the players were assigned to minor league camp.  It’s likely that Bernier and Van Every will play at AAA.  The four...

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A fantasy baseball post

I’ve been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks preparing for my upcoming fantasy baseball drafts, the first of which comes on Monday.  I thought I might as well do a post on where I have a lot of Pirates players ranked, plus some of the other players I like for any of you who want some tips from an ex-fantasy baseball expert (well, I’m still an expert, but not a professional one). First, let me tell you...

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Andrew McCutchen vs. Justin Upton: A contract analysis

Andrew McCutchen - Trev Stair, Flickr.comJustin Upton signed a six-year, $51.25 million contract extension with the Diamondbacks last week. Andrew McCutchen is at a similar career point as the Diamondbacks’ young phenom, so it is reasonable for us to speculate how a potential McCutchen extension would compare to Upton’s freshly signed deal.

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Andrew McCutchen Needs to be Extended

I’ve talked about the Andrew McCutchen extension topic pretty much ever since I started this site, but with the recent signing of Justin Upton, I felt the need to bring up the topic again.  I’ve always mentioned Evan Longoria and Ryan Braun as examples of what the Pirates should do with McCutchen.  Longoria was brought up in April 2008, and extended a week later in a deal that could keep him in Tampa Bay through...

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