Pirates Notebook: Delwyn is not an upgrade over Moss

When the Pirates acquired Delwyn Young from the Dodgers, the thought was that Young would be given work at second base, to eventually take over as the replacement for Freddy Sanchez. The latest talk on Young is that he should step in to the lineup right now. The difference is that, rather than stepping in at second, most people want him stepping in for Brandon Moss in right field. Moss started the season hitting for a .203 average in...

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Pirates Notebook: Seriously, extend Jack Wilson

I like Jack Wilson. I like his defense. I like his hustle. I like seeing him turn double plays (my favorite play in baseball). So you may think that when I say the Pirates should extend Wilson, as I did a few weeks ago, I’m not being objective. Well here is some objectivity. While Jack Wilson was out, Brian Bixler saw 26 plate appearances. In those plate appearances, Bixler struck ot 18 times. 18 times! His strikeout rate (.692)...

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Pirates cut eight players

The Pirates cut eight players from their major league camp today, most notably Pedro Alvarez and Daniel McCutchen. Here is a list of the players who were cut, and their assignments: -Pedro Alvarez-Jimmy Barthmaier-Jeff Sues-Ronald Uviedo-Steven Lerud-Juan Mateo-Daniel McCutchen-Shelby Ford Alvarez and Uviedo will start the season in Lynchburg, Sues and Lerud will start in Altoona, and the remaining players will most likely start in...

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