Ciriaco optioned; Rodriguez, Bowker make team

The Pirates roster is starting to take shape, and very few question marks remain after a couple announcements following today’s win against the Rays. Pedro Ciriaco has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, meaning Rule 5 pickup Josh Rodriguez has earned a spot on the 25-man roster as a reserve infielder. Both players had pretty strong springs, making the choice a difficult one. Ciriaco hit .333/.326/.429 in 42 Grapefruit League...

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Will Josh Rodriguez Make the Roster?

In each of the last four years, Neal Huntington has made a selection in the Rule 5 draft.  In 2008 the Pirates selected Evan Meek.  In 2009 it was Donald Veal.  In 2010 they had John Raynor.  This year the Pirates have shortstop Josh Rodriguez, selected from the Cleveland Indians.  Each year the Pirates have opened the season with their Rule 5 pick on the roster, although that could change this year. In Colin Dunlap’s notes...

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Trade Rumors: Dodgers, Carrasco, Chulk, Phillies, Lewis

Nothing like trade rumors as the July 31st trade deadline nears… -As mentioned earlier today, the Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Paul Maholm.  Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Dodgers are also looking for a reliever, something the Pirates have to offer (Octavio Dotel?).  Olney mentions the Dodgers will need financial relief, similar to the Casey Blake deal (which saw the Dodgers give up Carlos Santana)....

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The Right Time to Spend

Dejan Kovacevic did an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting, which was up on the Post-Gazette site yesterday.  In the interview, Kovacevic asked the following question about payroll, with the following response: Q: So, your expectation remains that, if this group becomes competitive, you will be able to someday spend at the level of the Brewers and Reds? A: I think that’s expected. I think it’s...

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A new theory on the poor road performance

There have been a lot of theories thrown around as to why the Pittsburgh Pirates have been so horrible on the road this year, yet at the same time a success at home. People have said that the struggles are due to this being a young team that can’t handle the distractions of the road. I don’t really buy this theory. First of all, playing on the road is something that players do through college, the minors, and in the...

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