Looking back at the Jack Wilson Trade

The past several trade deadlines have played out like the movie “Groundhog Day”. It seems every morning we woke up to the same song, but instead of “I Got You Babe” it was “New Jack Wilson Rumor”. After waking up to that same song over and over we all started to realize how things were going to play out. The interested team liked Wilson, but not enough to meet the Pirates’ price. When the...

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Another Ian Snell flaw is revealed

Eric Seidman has a great article on Baseball Prospectus today, one I encourage everyone to read. Essentially, Eric looked at how a batter’s perception of a pitch’s velocity differs from the actual velocity due to the pitcher’s release point. The focal point of the article was the Padres’ Chris Young, who has had a pretty successful career despite a fastball that generally sits between 85 and 89 miles per hour....

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Neal Huntington Trade Grades

The list below is a tally of all of the trades made by Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington. The ultimate goal of any trade is to improve the team at the Major League level. Therefore, I decided to focus on the wins above replacement (WAR) stats for all players exchanged in the deal. To read about WAR, check out this series of articles at FanGraphs. As for the trades, the rules for each player: 1. WAR totals are taken...

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Pirates Notebook: Cedeno could make Wilson/Snell deal a steal

It’s been less than two weeks, which is hardly a good enough sample size to evaluate a trade, but the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal is looking great right now. The main reason is probably due to the guy no one expected big things from: Ronny Cedeno. I was against trading Jack Wilson this season, mostly because the Pirates didn’t have an immediate replacement option for him at short, at least not one who could provide the same...

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A lot is being made right now of the Kevin Hart/Steven Jackson situation from last night. No, this situation had nothing to do with their on-field performance. It had to do with what happened in the locker room after the game. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and John Perrotto of Pirates Report both write about how Kevin Hart avoided the media after the game, while Steven Jackson sent word through the media relations...

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