Kevin Hart cut, McCutchen the 5th starter

As I was about to fly out of Dulles today, heading down to Florida, I saw that Kevin Hart was cut, which was a big surprise.  I had a lot of time to think about the move today, between flying down to Fort Lauderdale, talking about the move with my Dad over Primanti Brothers sandwiches, and driving my wife’s car from Fort Lauderdale to Bradenton.  Some thoughts: Since the Pirates only need a fifth starter one time...

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Pirates set rotation; Duke to start opener

Zach Duke will start the Pirates’ season opener on April 5th at PNC Park. Ross Ohlendorf, Paul Maholm, Charlie Morton and Daniel McCutchen will follow him, in that order....

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Phase Two of the Rebuilding Plan Officially Begins

Regardless of how you felt about the last two years, it’s clear that the Pirates had a goal of bringing an influx of talent in to the system through the use of trades, the draft, and other smaller methods like minor league free agency and the Rule 5 draft.  You may like the players we’ve received or you may hate the players we’ve received, but there’s no doubt that the Pirates have added a lot of prospects...

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Do the Pirates need an ace?

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times had an article looking at the Pittsburgh Pirates, more specifically, the pitching heading in to the 2010 season.  The article included the following quote from Neal Huntington: “On paper, we do like our rotation, with Brad Lincoln coming up behind them,” said General Manager Neal Huntington. “You look at Charlie Morton, and he had one start in Chicago where he gave up 10 runs in one inning....

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Spring Training Updates: Kevin Hart, Neil Walker, Jean Machi

Going in to Spring Training, it seemed that there would only be four positions up for grabs.  Those were the starting first base position, the fifth rotation spot, the final bench spot, and one bullpen spot.  Jeff Clement has the inside track at first base, there are plenty of options for the bench spot, and the one bullpen spot turned in to two when it was discovered that Joel Hanrahan would start the season on the disabled...

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