First Pitch: How Josh Harrison Led to the Pirates Building a Stronger Bench
Jan15

First Pitch: How Josh Harrison Led to the Pirates Building a Stronger Bench

Earlier today we posted about how Buster Olney gave the Pittsburgh Pirates high rankings for their lineup, bullpen, and rotation. I don’t know if Olney is going to be ranking the benches any time soon, but I’m guessing the Pirates would rank high there, especially with the upcoming addition of Jung-Ho Kang. Their projected bench includes Sean Rodriguez, Corey Hart, Travis Snider, Kang, and Chris Stewart. It’s the...

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The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015
Dec31

The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015

For the last two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ve written about the boom or bust players who could make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming season. The 2013 group included players like Francisco Liriano, Starling Marte, and Mark Melancon. The 2014 group had guys like Jordy Mercer, Travis Snider, and Edinson Volquez. All of those guys helpedĀ the Pirates making the playoffs two years in a row. The 2013...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench
Dec23

First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench

Back in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a horrible situation with their catchers. They used eight catchers in the majors that year, with Michael McKenry getting the most playing time, despite the fact that he was acquired for cash considerations, and was about the fifth or sixth option they went with. Other options included Matt Pagnozzi, Wyatt Toregas, and Dusty Brown, with the latter catching 78 innings. After that season, it...

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Contract Details For Corey Hart
Dec22

Contract Details For Corey Hart

Jon Heyman posted a tweet with Corey Hart’s contract details. We already knew that Hart was going to make $2.5 M in base salary and could earn that same amount in incentives, but those incentives weren’t announced until today. He will make an extra $250K if he reaches 350 plate appearances and then for every 25 PA after that(375, 400 and 425) he will get another $250K. He then has five chances to make an extra $1.5M total...

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Pirates Sign Corey Hart, DFA Preston Guilmet
Dec19

Pirates Sign Corey Hart, DFA Preston Guilmet

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of 1B/RF Corey Hart to a one-year deal. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Preston Guilmet has been designated for assignment. Hart is a name familiar to fans of the Pirates, as he spent his first nine seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. He missed all of 2013 after needing surgery on both knees, one prior to the season and the other in June after he got hurt...

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