McKenry, Karstens Show up Big in Pirates Win Over Netherlands

ST. Pete, Fla. –Right-hander Jeff Karstens got the start against the Netherlands in part of the Intentional Baseball Tournament held at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although the stats don’t count towards Grapefruit League game scores, Karstens tossed four shutout frames on Monday scattering five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. “With everything going on, it was kind of hard to focus because we’re...

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Karstens Sharp in Bucs 8-6 Loss to Toronto

BRADENTON, Fla. — Right-hander Jeff Karstens tossed three scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League start of the spring. After tossing two scoreless frames on Friday’s intrasquad game at McKechnie, Karstens cruised through his outing, needing to throw extra pitches afterwards and finished by riding the stationary bike. “Usually I try and work as quick as possible. It’s just one of those things where I was able...

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Pirates Agree to Deal With Jeff Karstens

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a deal with right handed pitcher Jeff Karstens, avoiding arbitration. No terms have been announced on the deal, other than it being for the 2012 season. Karstens was estimated to make $2.8 M in his second year of arbitration. I’ll update this post when more information is available. UPDATE 12:08 PM: Bill Brink reports that Karstens will receive $3.1...

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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 as the top options for the fifth starter role. That group doesn’t have an ace, but has a few guys who qualify as...

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Analyzing the Non-Tender Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a somewhat busy day today. They swapped arbitration eligible players with the Milwaukee Brewers, reached a pre-arbitration deal with Jason Grilli, non-tendered Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo, and tendered offers to the rest of the players who were without contracts in 2012. In the biggest move of the day, the Pirates traded Jose Veras to the Milwaukee Brewers for Casey McGehee.  I projected Veras as a...

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