Q&A: The Off-Season Roster Decisions

In the last few weeks I’ve talked about the positional recaps for the Pittsburgh Pirates from the 2010 season, leading to my evaluation of the off-season needs heading in to the 2011 season.  That also brought on the 2011 40-man roster and payroll, which at this stage includes some predictions on how the Pirates will handle some of the off-season moves.  The 2010 recaps, the off-season needs, and the 40-man roster decisions have...

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2010 Position Recap: First Base

Yesterday I went over the right field situation, noting that the circumstances didn’t change during the 2010 season.  The Pirates started the season with a lot of options, but no lock for a right fielder, and ended the season with new options, and no lock for a future right fielder.  The first base scenario is a lot of the same.  The start of the season saw Jeff Clement as the starting first baseman.  Many were worried about...

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Too Early To Give Up On Jeff Clement?

I can’t really say that I’ve ever been a big fan of Jeff Clement.  At the start of the 2010 season, many were doubting him as a first baseman for his fielding.  I was less concerned with his fielding, and more concerned with his hitting.  Prior to being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clement had 219 at-bats in the majors with the Seattle Mariners, with a .237/.309/.393 line.  Clement had good numbers in AAA, although...

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Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players, very few of whom have established themselves as solid major leaguers.  Many of the players who were acquired as major leaguers, or near-ready major leaguers, are out of options.  Many of the...

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Jeff Clement Placed on the DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Jeff Clement on the 15-day disabled list with left knee irritation, and have recalled relief pitcher Justin Thomas.  The Pirates now have 13 pitchers on the active roster, and only 12 hitters, although there was little need for Clement, outside of being a pinch hitter. Rosters expand in about a week, so it will be interesting to see if the 13-man bullpen is a temporary thing, or if the Pirates plan...

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