First Pitch: Where Will All of the 1B/OF Options Fit?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added a lot of 1B/OF options for their major league squad in the last year. They traded for Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez at the trade deadline. They acquired Clint Robinson in a minor trade with Kansas City. Starling Marte made the jump to the majors in the second half of the 2012 season. They got Jerry Sands in the Joel Hanrahan trade. They signed minor league free agents like Felix Pie, Brad Hawpe, and...

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Pirates Agree to One Year Deal With Gaby Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year, $1.75 M deal with Gaby Sanchez, according to the Beverly Hills Sports Council on Twitter. The two sides will avoid arbitration. #Pirates and @GabySanchez15 agree on 1-year deal worth $1.75M plus bonuses to avoid salary arbitration. #MLB — BHSC (@BHSCouncil) January 18, 2013 Sanchez was projected to make $1.8 M by MLBTR, so this doesn’t change the 2013 40-man payroll...

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First Pitch: The Five Players That Represent a Microcosm of Neal Huntington’s Abilities

At the end of the 2012 season I wrote that 2013 was the make or break year for Neal Huntington and the current management group. When the group arrived in the 2007-08 off-season, the system was a wreck. There were hardly any prospects in the system, and very few players at the major league level who could be dealt for good returns. The guy with the biggest trade value at the time — Jason Bay — brought back Andy LaRoche and...

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First Pitch: Will a Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez Platoon Work?

For the third year in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates are projected to enter the season with a platoon at one of their positions. Right now we’re assuming that will be Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez at first base. This could change if Jones is traded over the off-season. In 2011 the Pirates went with a platoon of Jones and Matt Diaz in right field. On paper it looked like it would work. Diaz had a history of success against...

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First Pitch: What is the Next Move For the Pirates?

After Jason Grilli was signed, we waited for the other shoe to drop with a Joel Hanrahan trade. Now that the Hanrahan trade is completed, we’re left waiting for another shoe to drop. One of the big returns in the deal was Jerry Sands, who joins a crowded corner outfield/first base situation. That crowded situation already has a lot of people speculating about the next move for the Pirates. The Pirates don’t necessarily...

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