First Pitch: Will the Pirates Get a First Baseman or a Right Fielder?
Nov26

First Pitch: Will the Pirates Get a First Baseman or a Right Fielder?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have needs at first base and right field this off-season. They have several internal options for the positions, although it would be best if they went with at least one free agent to give them a boost. At first base, the Pirates look to be going back to a platoon. They’ll be looking for someone to pair up with Gaby Sanchez, which is the opposite of the last two years when they were looking for someone like...

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A Platoon at First Base Seems Most Likely For the Pirates
Nov25

A Platoon at First Base Seems Most Likely For the Pirates

The Pirates have employed a platoon at first base in each of the last two years, trying to find a right-handed hitter to pair with Garrett Jones. Now it seems they’re in the opposite situation. They added Gaby Sanchez at the 2012 trade deadline, and saw Sanchez put up great numbers against lefties in 2013. However, Jones struggled, and was designated for assignment today. The move today didn’t really change any future...

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First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?
Nov01

First Pitch: What Should the Pirates Do This Off-Season?

It’s time to put on the General Manager hats. Over the last few weeks I’ve been recapping the 2013 season, providing a look ahead at each position for 2014, and looking at possible free agents for certain positions. What we know is that the Pirates will have question marks at first base, right field, and starting pitcher. There are other concerns, such as the backup middle infield spot, and which catcher will take the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Arbitration Estimates
Oct23

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Arbitration Estimates

Matt Swartz at MLBTR has been producing some very accurate arbitration estimates over the last two seasons. His estimates for the Pittsburgh Pirates just came out recently, in an off-season preview that was written by Charlie at Bucs Dugout. Below are the MLBTR arbitration estimates: Garrett Jones, OF (4.158): $5.3MM (non-tender candidate) Neil Walker, 2B (3.166): $4.8MM Pedro Alvarez, 3B (3.085): $4MM Charlie Morton, SP (5.010):...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: First Base
Oct16

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: First Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates have tried a platoon with Garrett Jones for the past three seasons. In 2011 they brought in Matt Diaz and tried to platoon both players in right field. Jones held up his end of the platoon, with an .808 OPS against right-handers. Diaz didn’t hold up his end, with a .704 OPS against left-handers. What made matters worse was that Lyle Overbay struggled at first base, leading to Jones getting more playing...

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