Some Perspective on the Impact of an Impact Bat

A large segment of the Pirates fan base, energized by the team’s competitive play, is eager to see the team trade for an impact bat before the July 31 trade deadline. Over the past few weeks, it has been difficult to turn on the radio without hearing a caller state that Neal Huntington should deal whatever prospects are necessary to acquire someone like Carlos Beltran or Hunter Pence. Despite the improved play, the Pirates lineup has...

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Thursday Rumors: Pirates Looking at Jason Kubel

Here are the Pirates trade rumors for Thursday: -Jayson Stark has a big list of updates on ESPN about the Pirates.  He mentions that the Pirates have said their number one focus is finding a “professional hitter”, per a club official that has been speaking with the Pirates.  Stark adds that they seem to have backed off of Carlos Pena, and that they are lukewarm on Josh Willingham and B.J. Upton.  He does mention that they...

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Monday Rumors: Giambi, Upton, Wigginton, Iannetta

Catching up on some of today’s rumors: -Buster Olney didn’t really have a rumor, but speculated that Jason Giambi would be a good fit for the Pirates as a bench bat.  Giambi is currently hitting for a .263/.360/.632 line with Colorado, and he’s doing just as well on the road as he is at home in Coor’s.  He’s only seen 95 at-bats this year, so he’s pretty much thriving in the bench role in Colorado....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 2002

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player. Bryan Bullington received a $4,000,000 signing bonus. The Pirates selected Bullington with the first overall pick, rather than taking the consensus top prospect, B.J. Upton. Upton was drafted by the Rays and signed for $600,000 more than...

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