First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed
Aug22

First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed

SAN FRANCISCO — If you are in my age group or are a frequent visitor of a service called The Internet, you know about “First-World Problems.” (Hi, I’m James Santelli and this is the hackneyed start to my First Pitch column.) Starbucks is no longer serving your favorite¬†frappuccino? First-world problem. New printer not working? First-world problem. Want to watch episodes of Sports Night, but the show is no...

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Trade Values: Hunter Pence
Jul20

Trade Values: Hunter Pence

Earlier today we heard a sort of non-rumor about Hunter Pence. Jon Heyman reported the Pirates are interested in Pence, but that the Giants aren’t looking to trade him at the moment. The Giants still see themselves in contention, since they’re 5.5 games back, despite being fourth in their division and having a losing record. They also would need to be overwhelmed to deal Pence. To get an idea of what Pence is worth,...

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Pirates Interested in Hunter Pence, But Giants Unlikely to Trade Him
Jul20

Pirates Interested in Hunter Pence, But Giants Unlikely to Trade Him

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have interest in San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence. Heyman says that unless things change, Pence is staying in San Francisco. The Giants would only deal Pence if they were out of the race and overwhelmed, according to Heyman. Right now the Giants don’t have a good record, but they’re only five and a half back in the weak NL West. Even though...

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Is Stetson Allie a Future All-Star, Platoon Player, or Minor League Director?

Stetson Allie has been one of the best stories in the Pirates’ minor league system this year. I get asked all the time why he’s not a top 20 prospect yet, when he’ll be moved up to Double-A, and even what he could become in the future. I’m generally hesitant to give high rankings to first basemen. I’m also hesitant to give high rankings to hitters based on low-A numbers, unless I see some really promising...

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The High Asking Prices For Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino

Buster Olney had the following update this morning about the asking price for Hunter Pence to the Pittsburgh Pirates (h/t to Bucs Dugout): All the way up to July 30th, Philadelphia's asking price on Hunter Pence for Pirates was Starling Marte, Lincoln and more. Pretty pricey. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 2, 2012 With that type of return, I’d imagine there was also talk of the Phillies picking up some salary in...

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