Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Hits First Homer
Jan01

Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Hits First Homer

From Colombia on Monday night, Harold Ramirez hit his first home run of the season, as his team swept a doubleheader. Ramirez was in a slump since the All-Star break, seeing his average drop over 50 points in an eight game stretch. His team however, is in first place with a four game lead and just seven games left in the season. If his team finishes in first place, they will get a first round bye in the playoffs, as the second and...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class
Dec09

Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class

With an extremely slow day in Winter League action on Sunday, now is a good time to catch up on all of the Pittsburgh Pirates players who are taking part in leagues around the world. During our daily updates, we normally cover players that were in the Pirates system at the end of the 2013 season and are still free agents, such as Ivan De Jesus Jr. and David Bromberg, but all of the players mentioned below are still in the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Lambo and Sands Take Turns at First Base
Dec07

Winter Leagues: Lambo and Sands Take Turns at First Base

In the Venezuelan League on Friday night, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-3 with a walk. The interesting part is that he got his third start of the VWL season at first base. During the seventh inning, Lambo switched on defense to right field. While at first base, he handled two ground balls, a pop up and had seven putouts. Elvis Escobar came in as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning. It was the fifth appearance of the Winter for the...

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Winter Leagues Notebook: Pirates Have Talented Outfielders in Winter Ball
Nov26

Winter Leagues Notebook: Pirates Have Talented Outfielders in Winter Ball

The Pittsburgh Pirates have 26 players that have played Winter ball so far this season, along with some players that were in the organization during the 2013 season, who are currently minor league free agents. The best players in this group are the outfielders and there are even more on the way. Gregory Polanco has been tearing up the Dominican League, while the Colombian League has two of the younger talented players in the system...

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The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased
Nov22

The Price of Free Agents Hasn’t Really Increased

Today I was looking over the early free agent signings, trying to get an idea of how much free agents were getting paid per win this off-season. In the past, free agents usually received $4-5 M per win, with the $5 M total coming in recent years. The idea floating around is that free agent prices will be going up this off-season with the new National TV revenue kicking in. My theory before looking at the free agents who have signed...

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