Pirates Non-Tender Chaz Roe and Gaby Sanchez; Tender Every Other Eligible Player
Dec03

Pirates Non-Tender Chaz Roe and Gaby Sanchez; Tender Every Other Eligible Player

The Pittsburgh Pirates have non-tendered right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe and first baseman Gaby Sanchez, making them free agents. They have tendered every other eligible player on the roster, including the 11 arbitration eligible players. Sanchez was designated for assignment yesterday to make room for Sean Rodriguez on the 40-man roster. Chaz Roe was out of options, and was going to eventually get removed from the 40-man roster, since...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Sean Rodriguez, First Base Platoon, Third Base, and Non-Tenders
Dec02

First Pitch: Thoughts on Sean Rodriguez, First Base Platoon, Third Base, and Non-Tenders

Today wasn’t an extremely busy day in terms of news for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But following the slow Thanksgiving break, and the slow week leading up to that break, today seemed like the Winter Meetings. The Pirates made two moves that impacted the MLB roster, announced the signings of three minor league free agents, and a rumor had them making Francisco Liriano a priority. Here are some quick thoughts on the impacts of each...

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Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez, DFA Gaby Sanchez
Dec01

Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez, DFA Gaby Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired second baseman Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40 man roster, the Pirates have designated Gaby Sanchez for assignment. Rodriguez is coming off a year where he posted a .701 OPS. That is in line with his previous numbers, although his average and OBP both dropped from where they were in 2013, while his...

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First Pitch: It’s Time For Gaby Sanchez to Get Appreciated as a Good Platoon Player
Nov25

First Pitch: It’s Time For Gaby Sanchez to Get Appreciated as a Good Platoon Player

I took a break from working on the 2015 Prospect Guide today to respond to a question about whether Allen Craig would be a good replacement for Gaby Sanchez as the right-handed half of the first base platoon. My response was that Sanchez has been better in his career against lefties than Craig. My first mistake was even entering a discussion about Gaby Sanchez and saying something other than “Gaby Sanchez is the worst player...

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First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate
Nov12

First Pitch: Re-Creating Russell Martin in the Aggregate

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how Chris Stewart would be the best option for the Pittsburgh Pirates at catcher if Russell Martin leaves as a free agent. The idea that Martin will leave seems likely. He’s reportedly looking for a five-year deal at $75-80 M, which is close to Brian McCann money (5 years, $85 M). I’m not even sure if Brian McCann deserved Brian McCann money. If that is the price (and it might be...

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