Akinori Iwamura Designated for Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Akinori Iwamura for assignment, clearing room for Pedro Alvarez to be added to the 25-man roster.  Iwamura had a very disappointing season with the Pirates, hitting for a .182/.292/.267 line in 165 at-bats.  He was acquired in the off-season in exchange for Jesse Chavez, who coincidentally was optioned to AAA by the Atlanta Braves yesterday. Iwamura has a $4.85 M salary, which the...

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Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

Jack WilsonI am not going to spend much time talking about Ron Cook’s article in this morning’s Post-Gazette. There are plenty of misguided thoughts in the article, but I just wanted to make a single point.

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Pirates traded Sanchez at the right time

My wife’s car is about to drive me crazy.  Last week she called me from work to tell me that her car wouldn’t start up.  After checking the battery, which was fine, we towed it to a mechanic, where we discovered that the car needed a new fuel pump.  We were also told that the rear brakes needed to be replaced.  So a few days later I got the rear brakes fixed, only to discover the next day that the speed...

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A Tale of Two Bullpens

A few weeks ago we saw the debut of the BUCCO Fans.com time machine when we went back to the 2008 July 31st trade deadline to keep the 2008 team together.  Today we’re going to power up the time machine once again, only this time we’re just going to go back about two or three months in time.  The exact date is November 3rd, 2009. I’d say let’s hop in and hit the road, but where we’re going, we...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Who to take in the Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates pick second in the 2009 Rule 5 draft, which is today at 9:00 AM.  With an open spot on the roster, it’s pretty much confirmed that the Pirates will make a selection, which is good considering how much time I’ve spent researching the Rule 5 draft over the last few weeks. Of course that wasn’t for nothing, as the site has seen more people this week (and I’m talking about three days,...

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