First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond
Dec16

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day.¬†Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it out for the final spot. Beyond those six pitchers,...

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Francisco Liriano’s Contract Details
Dec15

Francisco Liriano’s Contract Details

Jon Heyman has the breakdown of Francisco Liriano’s contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. liriano: $2M sign bonus $11M in '15, $13M in '16, $13M in '17. award bonuses (incl high 325K for cy young) #bucs #bucks — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 15, 2014 I’ve updated the 2015 payroll page with the new totals. The big change was bumping Liriano down from $13 M in 2015, and adding his signing bonus, which...

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First Pitch: You Can’t Say the Pirates Aren’t Focused on Winning in 2015
Dec13

First Pitch: You Can’t Say the Pirates Aren’t Focused on Winning in 2015

In the past few years, there have been questions about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ commitment to winning. There have been complaints that the Pirates aren’t acting like a winning team, and aren’t making moves a winning team should make. Complaints that the Pirates are focused too much on the future, and not enough on the now. Complaints that they’re wasting Andrew McCutchen’s prime years, or that...

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Pirates Make Francisco Liriano Deal Official
Dec12

Pirates Make Francisco Liriano Deal Official

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the three-year contract for Francisco Liriano. The deal was agreed to three days ago and was just waiting on the physical. The 40-man roster is now full. The deal worth $39 M is the largest free agent deal in team history and will keep Liriano around through the 2017 season. The breakdown for yearly salary hasn’t been announced yet. We will post an update when it’s...

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Jon Lester to Sign With the Cubs
Dec10

Jon Lester to Sign With the Cubs

Jon Lester will be signing with the Chicago Cubs, according to Ken Rosenthal. Jeff Passan has the details, noting that the Cubs will be paying $155 M for six years. Sources: Lester to #Cubs. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2014 Jon Lester, Cubs agree on six-year, $155M deal, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Red Sox are runners-up. Their final bid: six for $135M. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 10, 2014 Two...

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