All posts tagged "Jeff Francis"

  • Analysis
    Exploring the Arsenal – Jeff Francis

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Top Stories
    The Pirates Need Another Starting Pitcher

    The Pittsburgh Pirates made one addition to their starting rotation this off-season, adding Erik Bedard to a one year deal. Their rotation heading in to the year looks decent, with Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, and James McDonald all looking like locks for the rotation. They also have Kevin Correia and Brad Lincoln...

  • News and Rumors
    Winter Meetings Day Two: Contingency Plans

    The Pirates agreed to a deal to bring Nate McLouth back. On the second day of the MLB Winter Meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates moved closer to several deals in order to add depth to the major league roster. The team agreed to a deal with Nate McLouth, bringing back the former Pirates...

  • News and Rumors
    Pirates Plan to Meet With Agent For Jeff Francis

    Yesterday we heard conflicting reports on whether the Pittsburgh Pirates had interest in free agent left hander Jeff Francis. Jon Paul Morosi has an update today which says the Pirates are indeed looking at Francis. He notes that Francis' agent plans to meet with the Pirates, Mariners, and Twins this week. Francis...

  • News and Rumors
    Pirates Interested in Jeff Francis?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the clubs interested in Jeff Francis, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. Francis is coming off a year where he was healthy for a full season with the Royals, putting up a 4.82 ERA in 183 innings. His advanced metrics suggests he was better...

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    Where Can the Pirates Add An Impact Player?

    With the signing of Clint Barmes this past week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their second move to upgrade the 2012 team from the team we saw in 2011.  But if you’re expecting a huge upgrade, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Anyone who takes a look at the available options at catcher...

  • News and Rumors
    MLBTR Predicts a Busy Off-Season For Pirates

    Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team.  The predictions are what they are: one person's guess on how the off-season will play out.  They're far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion.  This...

  • News and Rumors
    2012 Free Agent Options: Starting Pitching

    For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, the 2012 free agent market for starting pitchers will be simple: compare everyone to Paul Maholm.  The Pirates made it clear that they wouldn't be bringing Maholm back in 2012, despite having a $9.75 M option for him to return.  With the starting rotation looking like it needs...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Still Interested in Francis

    The Pirates are still interested in Francis. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of seven teams still interested in left handed starter Jeff Francis.  Crasnick lists the Nationals, Royals, Rangers, Rockies, and both New York teams as the other interested teams. Francis is coming off a year...

  • Analysis
    Free Agent Rumors: Dotel, Francis, Webb

    The Pirates are interested in bringing Dotel back. The Pirates carry a 41 man roster since Friday, then wait until the day I'm out of town to make their move.  Also while I was gone, there were some rumors on the free agent market: -The Pirates are interested in bringing back Octavio...

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