Pirates Notebook: The future of the site

You’ve probably noticed a few additions to the site recently, mostly involving advertising. When I first started the blog I was seeing about 100-150 page views a day, and I was ecstatic when I had a streak of days over 200 page views. A lot of events over the past few months have caused traffic to jump, and a lot of the new visitors to the site have stuck around, which led to over 50,000 page views last month. I have a feeling...

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Pirates aren't out of the woods with Veal yet

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2009 Rule 5 draft pick Donald Veal on the 15-day DL today with a strained left index finger. To fill Veal’s spot, they purchased the contract of relief pitcher Chris Bootcheck, adding Bootcheck to the 40-man roster, which had an open spot. First, a bit on Bootcheck… Bootcheck was a first round pick in the 2000 MLB draft, taken with the 20th overall pick by the Angels. In his career, Bootcheck...

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Pirates Notebook: How important are left handed relievers?

With the recent trades of Sean Burnett, John Grabow, and Tom Gorzelanny leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates short on left handers, a lot of focus has been on the value of left handed pitching out of the bullpen. The Pirates currently are short on left handed pitching out of the bullpen, not just in the majors, but in the minors as well. Donald Veal is the only lefty reliever on the major league roster, although the only reason he’s...

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Grabow and Gorzelanny traded to Cubs

UPDATE 5:50 PM: According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pirates received RHP Kevin Hart, RHP Jose Ascanio, and IF Josh Harrison.UPDATE 5:48 PM: A lot of rumors going around that the Pirates got Jay Jackson in return. Jackson was the #9 prospect for the Cubs this season, and their 9th round pick in the 2008 draft.UPDATE 5:45 PM: DK says a deal is done. Grabow and Gorzelanny to the Cubs. No official word on the return yet. – According...

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Pirates demote Steve Pearce and Steven Jackson

According to Dejan Kovacevic on the PBC Blog, the Pittsburgh Pirates have sent Steve Pearce and reliever Steven Jackson to AAA. Jackson was sent down to make room for Donald Veal, who was activated off of the disabled list today. I wrote the other day that I thought Jackson should be the guy to go down. Jackson’s two scoreless innings today kind of confirmed it, as it seemed the Pirates wanted to save the bullpen arms that would...

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