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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Pirates make seven more cuts

The Pittsburgh Pirates made seven more cuts this morning, highlighted by Brad Lincoln being assigned to AAA.  As I reported yesterday, Tony Sanchez was also in this batch of cuts.  Donald Veal, Bryan Morris, Virgil Vasquez, Jeff Sues, and Justin Thomas round out the list.  The assignments are as follows: -Lincoln and Veal to AAA (both will join the AAA rotation)-Sanchez and Morris to minor league camp (both will start...

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Notes: Spring Training, Cunningham, Top Prospects, Signings

This morning when I left the house, it was snowing a bit, a cold reminder that winter was still around.  It was not enough to accumulate on the roads, but enough to cover the grass which finally appeared in my yard over the last few days for the first time since December.  When I got home this afternoon to turn on the Pirates, it suddenly felt like Spring.  Well, maybe mentally.  I could still see my own breath,...

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Do the Pirates need an ace?

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times had an article looking at the Pittsburgh Pirates, more specifically, the pitching heading in to the 2010 season.  The article included the following quote from Neal Huntington: “On paper, we do like our rotation, with Brad Lincoln coming up behind them,” said General Manager Neal Huntington. “You look at Charlie Morton, and he had one start in Chicago where he gave up 10 runs in one inning....

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Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs and Links

The voting for the first round of the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs ended today.  BUCCO Fans made an impressive run, getting all the way up to 48.4%, but it wasn’t enough.  It was kind of a bummer.  The only site with more first round votes than us was our competition (they had 642, we had 602).  Only one other site had over 500 votes, and that was Behind the Steel Curtain.  WHYGAVS and Bucs Dugout were...

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