The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball
Mar30

The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield...

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Bryan Morris Will Make the Pirates 25-Man Roster
Mar28

Bryan Morris Will Make the Pirates 25-Man Roster

According to Travis Sawchik, the Pittsburgh Pirates will add Bryan Morris to the 25-man roster. pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Bryan Morris will make the 25-man roster — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) March 29, 2014 Morris has looked great this Spring, with a new two-seam fastball, and a four-seam fastball that has been working in the mid-90s and hitting 97. Last year he relied heavily on his cutter. This year he’s...

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The Pirates Could Be Active on the Trade Market in the Next Week
Mar25

The Pirates Could Be Active on the Trade Market in the Next Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a big wave of cuts today, putting the Spring Training roster at 31 players. That includes Chris Stewart, who is projected to start the season on the disabled list. That leaves five more cuts remaining before Opening Day. Neal Huntington said today that the team could make the final cuts in Philadelphia over the weekend. “As hard as our decisions were last night and at the end of today, we’ve...

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First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?
Mar21

First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?

I’ve written about how the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight relievers for seven bullpen spots. They have a little over one week remaining, and as long as everyone stays healthy, they’ll have a tough decision to make. Earlier this week, we heard that the Pirates were listening on Vin Mazzaro. Today there were two more rumors talking about relievers other than Mazzaro. Ken Davidoff reports that two industry sources say that the...

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A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen
Mar16

A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen

As it stands right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight contenders for seven bullpen spots. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, and Justin Wilson are locks for the bullpen due to their performances in 2013. That leaves four more players for three spots. Complicating the matter is that those four players — Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, and Stolmy Pimentel — are all out of options. All four bring a lot to...

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