The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball
Mar30

The Pirates are Returning a Bullpen That Was One of the Best in Baseball

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield...

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Pirates Option Gregory Polanco and Duke Welker to Indianapolis
Mar14

Pirates Option Gregory Polanco and Duke Welker to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned outfielder Gregory Polanco and right handed pitcher Duke Welker to Indianapolis. The Pirates now have 51 players remaining in camp. Polanco isn’t a surprise to be optioned, since he was expected to start the season in Triple-A. I’d imagine there might be some discussion whether he should have remained in Pittsburgh. I talked about the reasons why the team would send him down earlier...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen
Feb13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have their first Spring Training workouts today. To get ready for Spring Training, we have been previewing one set of positions each day this week, and today we take a look at the final group. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield The Rotation Today we take a look at the bullpen. Generally the bullpen is one of few areas where spots are up in the air for non-roster invitees and...

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14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014
Dec31

14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a bust. Here were the players I outlined last year, and the results in 2013. 2013 Results Hitters Starling Marte: 4.6 WAR Travis Snider: -0.6 WAR Jerry Sands: Triple-A Jose...

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Pirates Re-Acquire Duke Welker for Kris Johnson
Nov19

Pirates Re-Acquire Duke Welker for Kris Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired right-handed pitcher Duke Welker in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson, per a team press release. Welker was sent to the Twins after the season as a player to be named later in the deal that brought Justin Morneau to the Pirates. Johnson joined the Pirates in August as a reliever, after putting up some impressive numbers in Triple-A. The trade works well for both teams. Johnson might...

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