Historical Context For The Big Four

In the second half of the 2010 season, the Pirates offense was paced by Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez. The success of these young players was encouraging for a franchise mired in a hopeless multi-decade stretch of losing baseball. Walker is the oldest of the quartet, and he did not turn 25 until September. All four finished the season with a Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) above the league average mark....

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Aaron Thompson Video Recap

On December 23rd, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed left hander Aaron Thompson off of waivers from the Washington Nationals.  Thompson was a first round pick for the Florida Marlins in 2006.  He was acquired by the Nationals in 2009 in exchange for Nick Johnson.  He has made 68 starts at the AA level over the last three seasons, with a 5.01 ERA in 365 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 ratio.  In 2010 he had a 5.80 ERA in 26 starts...

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John Raynor returned to the Marlins

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates returned 2010 Rule 5 draft selection John Raynor to the Florida Marlins.  Raynor was designated for assignment last week in order to make room for extra pitching help.  He only saw 11 plate appearances with the Pirates, hitting for a .200/.273/.200 line, with his two hits being singles. Rob Biertempfel reports that the Marlins refused the trade offers made by the Pirates, and decided to keep...

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Pirates claim Hayden Penn

UPDATE 3:10 PM: The Pirates have designated Brandon Moss for assignment, according to Jennifer Langosch.  The Pirates now have ten days to trade, waive, or release Moss.  Moss will most likely be claimed via waivers, although there’s a chance the Pirates work out a trade with someone who wouldn’t normally get him through the waiver process.  The 40-man roster/payroll projection is updated with the addition...

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Pirates take John Raynor in the Rule 5 draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected outfielder John Raynor with the second pick in the 2009 Rule 5 draft.  Under the terms of the Rule 5 draft, Raynor must remain on the Pirates’ 25-man roster the entire 2010 season, or be offered back to the Florida Marlins, the team from which he was drafted.  The Pirates could attempt to work out a deal with Florida to keep Raynor, but that assumes that Raynor passes through waivers and...

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