Do not overlook internal options

Pirate fans have mostly supported adding a second-rate free agent to team with Garrett Jones in covering the right field/first base spots. Even Frank Coonelly got in on the fun, with Rick Ankiel’s name coming up specifically. It seems like a harmless idea, seeing as the Pirates do not have many inspiring options for those positions. However, contrary to popular belief, adding a marginal player through free agency would do anywhere...

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Non-Tender and Waiver Claim Possibilities

There are several rumors going around about players who could be possible non-tender options by the Friday deadline, as well as a few players who were placed on waivers today that would be interesting options for the Pirates.  Here are a few that caught my eye, with some analysis on each player.  I’ll go through the waiver options first: Ryan Church - Rafael Soriano accepted arbitration, which meant the Atlanta Braves...

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Super Two Eligible Players

According to John Perrotto via Twitter, the cutoff for Super Two eligible players this season is two years, 139 days. For information on Super Two players, check out the Super Two Players page on the BUCCO Fans.com Wiki. The 2.139 cutoff makes Jeff Karstens eligible for arbitration going in to the 2010 season. Karstens would have normally been a league minimum player going in to the 2010 season, but is now eligible for an extra year...

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Looking back at the Jason Bay Trade

The biggest criticism of Neal Huntington so far has been the Jason Bay trade. In defense of the critics, the trade hasn’t looked good so far. In his first full season with Boston, Bay hit for a .267/.384/.537 line, with 36 homers. This isn’t new for Bay, as Bay has hit for 30 or more homers in four of his six seasons in the majors, and has combined for an OPS of .895 or greater in five of those seasons. It didn’t...

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Morton Sharp as Offense Picks Up

Charlie Morton tossed six shutout innings to earn his first win as a Pirate, allowing one single and four walks. The Pirates offense gave him seven runs of support, which was nearly eventually needed as Florida scored four times late off the Pittsburgh bullpen. Brandon Moss and Ramon Vazquez both homered and knocked in two runs. Jack Wilson’s two run double keyed a three run seventh inning at the expense of Chris Leroux....

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