2009 Pirates Preview: The Opening Day Roster

With the 25-Man roster set, and assuming no trades will be made, let’s go player by player and review the expectations for each guy this season. STARTING LINEUP C – Ryan Doumit: Doumit had a breakout season last year, batting .318 with 15 homers in 431 at bats. Simply put, Doumit needs to stay healthy, and prove that performance wasn’t a fluke. 1B – Adam LaRoche: The story on LaRoche has been the same almost...

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Sanchez wants to stay in Pittsburgh

Yesterday I wrote about how Jack Wilson approached the Pirates about an extension, potentially making Wilson the shortstop of the future. Today DK at the PPG reports that Freddy Sanchez also wants to remain a Pirate, and was the person who influenced Wilson to approach the Pirates about an extension. Sanchez is making $6.1 M this season, and has an option for $8 M next season, with a $0.6 M buyout. However, Sanchez can guarantee his...

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Shortstop of the future: Jack Wilson?

For the last two years we’ve been hearing Jack Wilson mentioned in trade rumors. There were the rumors in 2007 of the Tigers being interested in Wilson, and offering Jair Jurrjens. Then there were the rumors in 2008 that the Dodgers were interested around the trade deadline. Then we heard talk all winter about how the Dodgers and Tigers were interested, only to find that these teams weren’t as interested as we might have...

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Reading Between the Lines: Coonelly Chat

Frank Coonelly did his monthly chat yesterday. While my opinion is that most GMs and CEOs in baseball (Pirates included) won’t come out and say everything in these situations, I believe we can read between the lines in certain cases and take a guess as to what the plan could be. So in an attempt to do that, let’s read between the lines for yesterday’s chat with Coonelly: stwoods53: I think you’re doing a great...

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