First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?
Nov01

First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?

It’s time to put on the General Manager hats. Over the last few weeks I’ve been recapping the 2013 season, providing a look ahead at each position for 2014, and looking at possible free agents for certain positions. What we know is that the Pirates will have question marks at first base, right field, and starting pitcher. There are other concerns, such as the backup middle infield spot, and which catcher will take the...

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Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes
Oct31

Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes

Tom Singer has some free agent updates for the Pirates, highlighted by the Pirates being eager to sign three of their seven free agents: A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes. Singer notes that the Pirates will likely make Burnett a qualifying offer, but that they don’t need to rush negotiations since he’s deciding between the Pirates and retiring. He also says that Neal Huntington could push hard to re-sign Barmes...

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The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014
Oct30

The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014

The free agent market is always weak when it comes to shortstop. Some years there are guys like Jose Reyes, but they usually go to the highest bidders on massive contracts. Most teams hold onto their shortstops, and most teams hoard shortstop prospects. As a result, if the Pirates want a good shortstop, they’re going to have to develop one internally. That could happen in a few years with Alen Hanson. Until then, the Pirates...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop
Oct30

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop

In my opinion, shortstop is the hardest position to fill at the major league level. That’s probably not just my opinion. There’s a reason why teams don’t trade young shortstop talent. There’s a reason why guys like Yuniesky Betancourt get starting jobs in the majors. Shortstop is the hardest position to defend, requiring the most athleticism. Catcher might be tied, but catching requires skills completely...

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The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds
Oct02

The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates might as well be the New York Yankees right now. They just bought a playoff win. Over the off-season they signed Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin as free agents. At the August waiver trade deadline they added Marlon Byrd for a playoff push. Tonight that trio led the Pirates to their first playoff victory in PNC Park history, and sent them to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. The biggest performance...

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