Pirates Leaning Toward Staying In-House For Right Field
Dec09

Pirates Leaning Toward Staying In-House For Right Field

Last week I wrote that it looked like the Pirates were going to stay internal for right field in 2014. Neal Huntington all but confirmed that in his meeting with the media today, as reported by Rob Biertempfel. #pirates GM Huntington on right field situation: "We're leaning toward staying in-house." — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) December 9, 2013 The Pirates traded for Jaff Decker a few weeks ago, adding one...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class
Dec09

Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class

With an extremely slow day in Winter League action on Sunday, now is a good time to catch up on all of the Pittsburgh Pirates players who are taking part in leagues around the world. During our daily updates, we normally cover players that were in the Pirates system at the end of the 2013 season and are still free agents, such as Ivan De Jesus Jr. and David Bromberg, but all of the players mentioned below are still in the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Lambo and Sands Take Turns at First Base
Dec07

Winter Leagues: Lambo and Sands Take Turns at First Base

In the Venezuelan League on Friday night, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-3 with a walk. The interesting part is that he got his third start of the VWL season at first base. During the seventh inning, Lambo switched on defense to right field. While at first base, he handled two ground balls, a pop up and had seven putouts. Elvis Escobar came in as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning. It was the fifth appearance of the Winter for the...

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Winter Leagues: Arribas Breaks Out of Slump, Sands Stays Cold
Dec05

Winter Leagues: Arribas Breaks Out of Slump, Sands Stays Cold

In Puerto Rico from Wednesday night, Jerry Sands went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Sands has been in a slump lately, hitting .152 in his last ten games, with 12 strikeouts in 33 at-bats. Benji Gonzalez got his first start of the season after collecting three hits and scoring three runs off the bench on Tuesday. Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts. He is 4-for-10 this season in four games. Ivan De Jesus Jr. went 2-for-4...

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First Pitch: Looks Like the Pirates Will Stay In House For Right Field
Dec05

First Pitch: Looks Like the Pirates Will Stay In House For Right Field

Heading into the off-season, it looked likely that the Pittsburgh Pirates could stay in-house in right field, rather than going after a free agent. If there was any doubt about that plan, it was removed on Monday when they tendered a contract to Travis Snider. By tendering a contract, the Pirates are guaranteeing that Snider will be on the team next year, and likely making $1.4 M. They also acquired Jaff Decker earlier in the...

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