Looking back at the Jason Bay Trade

The biggest criticism of Neal Huntington so far has been the Jason Bay trade. In defense of the critics, the trade hasn’t looked good so far. In his first full season with Boston, Bay hit for a .267/.384/.537 line, with 36 homers. This isn’t new for Bay, as Bay has hit for 30 or more homers in four of his six seasons in the majors, and has combined for an OPS of .895 or greater in five of those seasons. It didn’t...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Season in Review

At the start of the season I posted my 17 things to watch for in 2009 (besides the losing streak). Around the All-Star break I did a mid-season update, and with the season now over, I figured I would go back and see how everything turned out this season. Here is the recap: 17. The performance of the 2008 draft class. The Pirates went all out, spending almost $10 M in the 2008 draft, including going over slot on several high impact...

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BUCCO Fans.com 2009 MVP: Andrew McCutchen

The final results of the MVP Tracker are posted, and Andrew McCutchen finished at the top of the rankings as the 2009 BUCCO Fans.com MVP for the Pittsburgh Pirates. McCutchen had a strong rookie season, hitting for a .286/.365/.471 line, with 12 homers and 22 stolen bases in 433 at-bats. McCutchen was battling it out with Garrett Jones for the majority of the second half of the season, but sealed the deal by hitting for a...

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2009 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap

Indianapolis produced two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best players in the 2009 season: Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones. The first was expected, as Andrew McCutchen has been at, or near the top of the Pirates prospect lists since he was drafted. The second came as a surprise, with Jones signing as a minor league free agent, having never put up numbers like this at AAA, or the majors. The end of the season saw two more top...

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What does Perry Hill want?

The more I think about the Perry Hill situation, the more I think it might just be about money. It’s the only thing that really makes sense. There has been talk about Hill’s reaction to the trades. Dejan Kovacevic reported the following yesterday: Plain and simple, it is that management had assured him upon signing up late in 2008 that there would be no massive rebuilding, that the infielders with whom he would work would...

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