Pirates Notebook: Aces beware

If there’s one thing I’ll never understand about the Pirates over the last few years, it’s their tendency to be borderline dominant when going up against an ace pitcher, only to get demolished by a guy who probably shouldn’t be in the majors.  The last two nights were a prime example of this phenomenon. Rodrigo Lopez, owner of a career 4.80 ERA, and who put up a 5.70 ERA in 30 innings in 2009, mowed down...

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A Tale of Two Bullpens

A few weeks ago we saw the debut of the BUCCO Fans.com time machine when we went back to the 2008 July 31st trade deadline to keep the 2008 team together.  Today we’re going to power up the time machine once again, only this time we’re just going to go back about two or three months in time.  The exact date is November 3rd, 2009. I’d say let’s hop in and hit the road, but where we’re going, we...

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Pirates sign Javier Lopez

UPDATE 6:16 PM: According to Dejan Kovacevic, Lopez will make $775 K guaranteed, with an additional $550 K in performance bonuses, based on appearances.  If he reaches all of his performance bonuses, he will end up making $25 K less than he made in 2009.  The Off-Season Tracker, 2010 40-Man Roster/Payroll Projection, and 2010 25-Man Roster Projection pages are all updated.  Also, I mentioned this below, but you’ll...

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