Pirates Decline Option for Rod Barajas; Pick Up Option for Pedro Alvarez

The Pittsburgh Pirates today exercised the $700,000 option for third baseman Pedro Alvarez for the 2013 season, while declining catcher Rod Barajas’ $3.5 M option (no buyout) for next year. Alvarez’s $700,000 option was expected, as it was a part of his original contract when drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of 2008. Alvarez blasted a career-high 30 home runs during the 2012 season, surpassing his previous mark of...

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Rotation Options: Bonderman, Davis, Takahashi

Rob Biertempfel has an article looking at the Pirates’ search for pitching this off-season.  Biertempfel highlights two pitchers who could be a fit for the Pirates: Jeremy Bonderman and Doug Davis (note: he’s not saying the Pirates are targeting these players). Bonderman isn’t an appealing option.  He’s only 28 years old, but he’s had a horrible career.  His highlight was the 2006 season, when he posted a...

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Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs and Links

The voting for the first round of the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blogs ended today.  BUCCO Fans made an impressive run, getting all the way up to 48.4%, but it wasn’t enough.  It was kind of a bummer.  The only site with more first round votes than us was our competition (they had 642, we had 602).  Only one other site had over 500 votes, and that was Behind the Steel Curtain.  WHYGAVS and Bucs Dugout were...

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Notes: Takahashi, 2010 Draft, Player Pages, Best Pittsburgh Blog

A few notes for the afternoon, some of them are to play catchup on some recent news: -There’s been a lot of talk about Japanese left hander Hisanori Takahashi and his chances of landing with the Pirates.  Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker mentions the Pirates as an option that has emerged, mentioning that Takahashi prefers the West Coast, but also wants a Major League deal and a chance to start.  Jon Heyman of SI tweeted...

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Looking at the free agent market

The past two years the Pittsburgh Pirates have done very little to make any changes in the off-season through the free agent market. Last year we saw them unsuccessfully try to sign Daniel Cabrera, Rocco Baldelli, and Derrick Turnbow, although in hindsight, none of those deals looked to be any good (actually, they didn’t look astounding at the time either). Cabrera had a 6.00 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP on the season, thanks to a 7.4...

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