Who Should Be Tendered A Contract?

One of the biggest topics heading in to the off-season will be the roster crunch.  The big focus here is who the Pittsburgh Pirates will protect from the list of players who will be eligible for the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  However, the roster crunch also includes players who are eligible for arbitration. Arbitration is a funny thing.  If a player in his 0-3 years isn’t performing, no one has a problem with cutting him loose.  When...

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What’s the deal with Brian Burres?

Last night, Brian Burres made his third consecutive impressive start since returning to the rotation on September 6th. Over that span, he has allowed just five runs and one walk in 20 innings, while striking out 12.

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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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Karstens Scratched, Ohlendorf Could Be Done For Season

Two big blows to the rotation as two of the best performing starters this year are dealing with injuries… -After exiting in the first inning after facing two batters, Ross Ohlendorf was diagnosed with a strained left muscle behind his left shoulder, and could be done for the year.  There’s a chance that Ohlendorf could return by the end of the season. -Jeff Karstens will miss his start tomorrow due to arm fatigue, and will...

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One Year Ago Today: Dave Kerwin

Victories like the last two games against the Milwaukee Brewers are always enjoyable.  What fan base doesn’t want to see their team win two games in a row, scoring 26 runs in the process?  That’s especially the case when you consider how the Brewers have dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates for the last few years, including some games this year that have been the reverse of tonight’s 15-3 Pirates victory. Of...

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