First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed
Aug22

First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed

SAN FRANCISCO — If you are in my age group or are a frequent visitor of a service called The Internet, you know about “First-World Problems.” (Hi, I’m James Santelli and this is the hackneyed start to my First Pitch column.) Starbucks is no longer serving your favorite frappuccino? First-world problem. New printer not working? First-world problem. Want to watch episodes of Sports Night, but the show is no...

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Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades
Aug03

Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades

We just really wanted to use the word exclusive, because it looks fancier than “one-on-one.” Starting pitcher Jeff Locke has a unique perspective on the Pirates organization. The 25-year-old was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves, and he spent 3.5 years pitching for the winning franchise before joining the Pirates in the Nate McLouth trade. Locke then spent the next 3.5 years in Pittsburgh’s minor...

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Pirates Aren’t Meeting the Cubs Demands For Outfielders
Jul31

Pirates Aren’t Meeting the Cubs Demands For Outfielders

Ken Rosenthal says that the Chicago Cubs are expected to move either Nate Schierholtz or David DeJesus, and that the Pirates are in on both. Source: #Cubs expect to move either DeJesus or Schierholtz. DeJesus might be more likely; Schierholtz fits vs. RHPs in ’14. #Pirates on both — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2013 We’ve heard Schierholtz mentioned a lot, but this is the first time this year that DeJesus has...

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Recapping Today’s Trade Rumors With About an Hour to Go
Jul31

Recapping Today’s Trade Rumors With About an Hour to Go

There have been a ton of rumors today after a really slow build up to the trade deadline. Apparently someone forgot to turn the hot stove on until last night. However, there hasn’t been much action for the Pirates. There are a lot of names being thrown around, but nothing that sounds close to a deal. It’s almost like the situation my college roommate and I would get in near exam time. We’d have a deadline, and...

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Trade Values: David DeJesus
Jul31

Trade Values: David DeJesus

This morning Ken Rosenthal said that the Cubs were shopping David DeJesus and Nate Schierholtz. I did a trade value on Schierholtz a few weeks ago, noting that it would probably take a Grade B hitting prospect to land him. Let’s take a look at the value of DeJesus, which will provide a better opportunity to compare both players. NOTE: The purpose here isn’t to suggest the Pirates are offering this amount for these players.  The...

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