First Pitch: Is Justin Sellers the New Clint Barmes?
Oct26

First Pitch: Is Justin Sellers the New Clint Barmes?

Today was a busy day of moves for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations, then designated John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez for assignment (clearing spots on the 40-man roster for Sellers and Charlie Morton, who was reinstated from the DL). The moves to DFA Axford and Gomez don’t amount to much. They were both heading for arbitration, and I had them both...

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Clint Barmes is the Latest Injury Replacement to Step Up and Lead the Pirates to Victory
Sep17

Clint Barmes is the Latest Injury Replacement to Step Up and Lead the Pirates to Victory

When one player goes down, there is another player ready to step in and do the job. Jordy Mercer’s back tightened up and has been unable to play the first two games of the series against the Red Sox. But as has been the case all year for the Pittsburgh Pirates, when one player goes down, another player is ready to step in and contribute. Clint Barmes did so in a major way Wednesday night in the Pirates 9-1 victory over the Red Sox....

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Clint Barmes Activated From the DL, Jayson Nix DFAd, Polanco and Tabata Official
Aug25

Clint Barmes Activated From the DL, Jayson Nix DFAd, Polanco and Tabata Official

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Clint Barmes from the 15-day disabled list, and have designated Jayson Nix for assignment. They have also confirmed the moves we heard about this morning, with Gregory Polanco being optioned to Triple-A and Jose Tabata being recalled. The swap of Barmes for Nix means the Pirates are getting a much better defender for the infield, especially at the shortstop position. This also ends the Jayson...

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Clint Barmes Gearing Up For a Return to Pittsburgh
Aug22

Clint Barmes Gearing Up For a Return to Pittsburgh

After playing two games with Altoona, Clint Barmes had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Indianapolis on August 18, as he looks to recover from a strained left groin. Barmes was placed on the DL retroactive to June 30. After five games between the two levels, Barmes is pleased with the progress and reports that he has seen “no setbacks at all.” He is also pleased to have played in back to back games Wednesday and Thursday. “It...

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Prospect Watch: Adrian Sampson With Much Better Stuff in His Second Triple-A Start
Aug21

Prospect Watch: Adrian Sampson With Much Better Stuff in His Second Triple-A Start

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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