Pirates cut eight, roster almost set

The Pirates cut eight players today, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the PPG. Those eight players were Virgil Vasquez, Chris Bootcheck, Denny Bautista, Jason Davis, Jeff Salazar, Garrett Jones, Andy Phillips, and Erik Kratz. The Spring Training roster is currently at 27 players, although Phil Dumatrait will start the season on the DL, which is why the Spring Training tracker shows 26 players remaining. The notables about today’s...

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Spring Training Battles: Starting Rotation

Last year the downfall of the Pirates was the starting rotation, which led the Pirates to the worst ERA in the NL, and the 28th ranked ERA in the majors. The starting pitchers racked up a 33-67 record, with a 5.36 ERA in their 162 starts. Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny were the two biggest disappointments. I’d say Matt Morris was a big disappointment, but I don’t think anyone was expecting much from him, despite the $10 M...

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The Perfect John Grabow Trade

The writing is on the wall for John Grabow’s future as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Grabow is in his final year of arbitration, making $2.3 M this year, and will most likely be seeking a multi-year contract at that level. The Pirates already have a possible plan in place to replace Grabow with Will Ohman in the event of a trade. The problem with that scenario is that any team wanting to trade for Grabow could easily just...

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