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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Pirates Off-Season Preview: Burnett, First Base, and the Walker Problem
Oct10

Pirates Off-Season Preview: Burnett, First Base, and the Walker Problem

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the playoffs this year, and will largely be keeping the same team together next year. When you add in the continued improvements from young players, and the expected mid-season additions of prospects like Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco, then you’ve got a team that has the potential to be strong once again next year. Because of this, there aren’t a lot of things the Pirates need to focus on...

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Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial
Oct06

Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial

Bench play and bullpen performance has had almost zero impact on the Pirates’ 2013 postseason. That’s because their three scores have gone 6-2, 9-1, 7-1 in October. No team can count on blowouts throughout the playoffs, though. Eventually there will be late-game situations of impact, which will bring to the forefront the reserve players for the Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. If we knew what would specifically happen with...

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