2012 Free Agent Options: Catcher

Earlier today I reviewed the 2011 catching position for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with a look towards the 2012 season.  The Pirates will enter the off-season looking for a starting catcher, as they currently have no one under contract for the job in 2012.  Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder both have options, although each option is far too expensive when you consider the time missed by each player due to injuries over the last few years....

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Catcher

The 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates saw eight catchers play at least one game behind the plate.  That was mostly due to injuries to Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, which limited Doumit to 60 games and Snyder to 33 games this season.  Jason Jaramillo came in to the season as the number three catcher, and started the year in Pittsburgh with Snyder on the disabled list.  However, when Snyder and Doumit both went down mid-season, Jaramillo was also...

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The Disabled List: Updates for August 17th

Jose Tabata was re-instated from the 15-day disabled list yesterday, and Ross Ohlendorf has recently been activated and optioned to AAA.  Let’s take a look at the updates and the progress of the seven other players currently on the disabled list. On Rehab Alex Presley – Presley started his rehab on August 9th.  The latest he can return is August 29th.  Presley has played five games in AAA so far, going 3-for-21.  No...

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The Disabled List: Updates for August 9th

The Pittsburgh Pirates broke their worst stretch of the 2011 season last night, winning 5-0 against the San Francisco Giants, and snapping a ten game losing streak.  They’ve dealt with a lot of injuries this year, and you could argue that things really started to fall apart on July 23rd, when they lost Alex Presley from the lineup.  The Pirates have gone 4-13 since that date.  The loss of Presley, combined with the earlier loss...

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Which Free Agents Could Get Draft Compensation?

One thing the Pittsburgh Pirates rarely see is draft pick compensation for their departing free agents.  For the most part, the Pirates never really have free agents that depart after the season.  They usually trade those players around the deadline for a guaranteed return, rather than holding on to the players in hopes of future draft picks, which is never a guarantee.  I’ve talked about the draft pick compensation system in...

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