A Recent History of the 82nd Win -1980

Though there were excellent signs of improvement in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates are not close to contention. Next year, though, we might reasonably expect them to return to mediocrity. That’s right: I’m expecting 82 wins next year. The Pirates inability to even achieve mediocrity has been well documented. The current streak of futility is record setting. But diving back another decade or so isn’t pleasant either....

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Oakland Signs Andy LaRoche

Andy LaRoche has found a new home, signing a minor league deal today with the Oakland Athletics.  LaRoche will receive an invite to Spring Training.  The addition for Oakland isn’t a surprise.  A year ago we heard rumors that Oakland tried to trade for LaRoche, only for the Pirates to ask for pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. LaRoche showed some promise in 2009.  His hitting wasn’t really anything to write...

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Non-Tender Deadline Preview

The non-tender deadline is tonight, Thursday night, at midnight.  Teams must decide whether to tender their arbitration eligible players contracts, or non-tender them and allow them to become free agents.  This can lead to some potential trades, as one team’s non-tender candidate can be another team’s treasure.  The Pirates shouldn’t have any big surprises with their internal decisions, but don’t be surprised...

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Daily Recap: De La Rosa to Colorado

The big news from today is that Jorge De La Rosa is close to a three year deal with the Colorado Rockies.  We heard earlier today that the left hander could decide sooner, rather than later, although Colorado wasn’t willing to go more than three years, which seemed to set them at a disadvantage.  However, De La Rosa was comfortable in Colorado, according to Ken Rosenthal: But De La Rosa is comfortable in Colorado and works well...

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LaRoche and Young Elect Free Agency

Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young have both elected free agency, after both players were designated for assignment last Friday.  Both players had more than three years of service time, giving them the right to decline their outright assignment to the minors. LaRoche arrived in Pittsburgh as the center piece in the Jason Bay trade.  In his time with the Pirates he hit for a .226/.296/.341 line in 935 at-bats.  In 2009 he had a...

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