First Pitch: Why is Defense Still Underrated?
Feb06

First Pitch: Why is Defense Still Underrated?

Last season the Pittsburgh Pirates had a ton of success due to an approach that focused on pitching and defense. This approach was largely overlooked, and the success was chalked up to something that couldn’t be sustained. The cries all summer were for the Pirates to add a bat, with the feeling that they couldn’t continue winning games by focusing on pitching and defense. Yet the Pirates continued to win games with this...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes
Dec12

Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes

Buster Olney reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to re-signing shortstop Clint Barmes. Clint Barmes is close to re-signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 12, 2013 Jon Heyman says the two sides have agreed to terms. Barmes headed back to pirates. Details being finalized but he's agreed to return. Olney 1st said close. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 12, 2013 There...

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Pirates Have Kept in Contact With Clint Barmes
Dec09

Pirates Have Kept in Contact With Clint Barmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have kept in contact with Clint Barmes, according to Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette. #Pirates, who seek a defensive-minded SS to pair with Jordy Mercer, have kept in touch with Clint Barmes, source says. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) December 9, 2013 The Pirates look to be going with Jordy Mercer as the starting shortstop next year, which makes sense as he posted a 1.4 WAR in about half a season’s worth of...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Winter Meetings Preview
Dec09

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Winter Meetings Preview

The MLB Winter Meetings take place this week in Orlando, Florida. Normally this is the time where baseball’s off-season picks up steam, with a lot of transactions taking place. This year saw a ton of transactions take place the week before the meetings. The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t one of the active teams last week, but they do have needs and could start to fill those needs in the upcoming days. Below is a preview of the...

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More Free Agency Rankings and Salary Predictions
Nov05

More Free Agency Rankings and Salary Predictions

If you’ve missed the previous free agent rankings and predictions, check out these articles: **Keith Law Releases His Top 50 Free Agents **MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates Today there are three more lists that came out, with some predictions on where players will go, and some salary predictions. Below are the newest lists. Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports Passan’s list is a basic ranking, but it includes...

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