Spring Training Notes: The Roles of Andrew Lambo and Jordy Mercer
Mar04

Spring Training Notes: The Roles of Andrew Lambo and Jordy Mercer

During yesterday’s meeting with the media, Clint Hurdle made two comments that really stood out to me as far as how the Pirates see two of their starting positions. The first base position has been in question this off-season, with Andrew Lambo seeming to be the front-runner. The Pirates added Chris McGuiness, who has looked good in limited appearances so far this Spring. But Hurdle’s comments on McGuiness pointed to Lambo...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Infield
Feb10

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Infield

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training this Thursday. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming on Thursday. The first group to be previewed will be the infield. Most of the other groups come with near guarantees for the roster spots. The infield is pretty much set, although the first base position is still up in the air. The Pirates...

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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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