First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season
Nov15

First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season

I kind of get the feeling that Neal Huntington has this off-season mapped out. If he did, it wouldn’t be any different than previous off-seasons. Last year rather than extending a qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett, they tried for James Loney and Edinson Volquez. When Loney signed with the Rays, they turned back to Burnett with the remaining money. The plan worked out a little better the year before. They were aggressive early in...

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Notes: Cervelli Trade History, Future of Ike Davis, d’Arnaud Signs With Phillies
Nov13

Notes: Cervelli Trade History, Future of Ike Davis, d’Arnaud Signs With Phillies

Last night I mentioned that the Pittsburgh Pirates had previously expressed interest in Francisco Cervelli multiple times. They finally acquired him from the Yankees yesterday for Justin Wilson. Joel Sherman reports that this isn’t the first time a Wilson/Cervelli deal was proposed. Sometimes trades take time to occur: #Yankees proposed Cervelli for Wilson 2 yrs ago. Teams re-visited at times. Finally got done #Pirates —...

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First Pitch: Bye, Bye, Russell Martin? And Other Analysis on the Francisco Cervelli Trade
Nov13

First Pitch: Bye, Bye, Russell Martin? And Other Analysis on the Francisco Cervelli Trade

When the Yankees lost Russell Martin in 2013 to free agency, they replaced him with Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli. After acquiring Cervelli tonight, it looks like the Pirates are doing the same thing, although I’m not sure which one will start, or if they’ll split the job. This pretty much signals the end for Russell Martin with the Pirates, which isn’t a surprise considering his rumored demands. The Pirates...

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Pirates Acquire Francisco Cervelli From Yankees In Exchange For Justin Wilson
Nov12

Pirates Acquire Francisco Cervelli From Yankees In Exchange For Justin Wilson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the New York Yankees in exchange for left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson. Cervelli has played parts of seven seasons for the Yankees, although he doesn’t hit free agency until after the 2016 season. He played 49 games this year, hitting .301/.370/.432 in 146 at-bats. He has been at least league average on defense(dWAR) each year during his career and has thrown...

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First Pitch: The Walking Dead
Mar18

First Pitch: The Walking Dead

I spend Sunday night and most of Monday morning and afternoon avoiding spoilers on Twitter for The Walking Dead. The last thing I want to do is spoil any episodes for anyone in an article. So consider this a spoiler alert. If you haven’t seen this season of The Walking Dead up to last week’s episode (not the one yesterday), then proceed with caution. Or just skip to the links below. If you don’t watch The Walking...

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