Trade Values: Paul Maholm

The other day I reviewed what type of trade value we could expect Joel Hanrahan to have.  Since there were some requests for a similar look at Paul Maholm, I figured I would take a look.  Before I begin, let me point out something as far as value goes. Trade values are just meant to display the type of trade return we could expect from a player.  With Hanrahan, plenty of people wanted Martin Perez AND Jurickson Profar.  The trade...

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Who Creates Space For Brad Lincoln?

Remember back in the off-season when the Pittsburgh Pirates were starved for pitching help?  At one point in time, people were calling for the Pirates to add Armando Galarraga to the rotation, thinking he’d be an obvious upgrade.  Galarraga was recently waived, which means the Pirates could have a chance to claim him.  However, at this point, it would be impossible for Galarraga to crack the rotation. The rotation currently has...

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Battle of the Bench and Today’s Pitchers

Today’s spring training game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies allowed us to see all of the players battling for bench spots on the Pirates’ roster as well as some interesting pitchers.  As has been reported many times, there are really only 3 bench spots available since RF is a platoon and there will be at least 2 catchers on the team (Snyder & Doumit if both are healthy and still in the Pirate...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Indianapolis during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the biggest area of focus for the 2011 Indians: the starting pitchers. It’s no secret that the biggest need for the Pirates in the majors is starting pitching.  The first wave of starting pitching prospects should start to arrive this year, with most of the top pitching prospects...

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2011 Spring Training Battles: 5th Starter Spot

It seems strange to start an article about the 5th starter battle with this statement, but here goes: far too much is made about the 5th starter out of Spring Training. For one, how many teams use just five starters in a season?  Last year the Pirates had seven starters making ten starts or more, and two more starters making nine starts.  In 2009 they had seven starters making double digit starts.  In 2008 they only had five starters...

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