Does Iwamura make sense for the Pirates?

Let’s be honest here: the Pirates aren’t competing in 2010. There is plenty of room for optimism in other areas of the organization. Pedro Alvarez and Brad Lincoln will likely make their debuts in June. Jose Tabata may also join that list. The Pirates will also get to see what they have from some of the 2009 trades, especially from the likes of Lastings Milledge, Charlie Morton, and Joel Hanrahan. Garrett Jones and Andrew...

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Akinori Iwamura to the Pirates for Jesse Chavez

UPDATE 10:55 PM: Final update on this post. A few comments from Neal Huntington in the Post-Gazette on the trade. Some notable comments include Iwamura batting second behind McCutchen, the Pirates are open to an extension, and they’d be fine with a Ronny Cedeno/Iwamura middle infield. Also, some comments from Iwamura on the trade in the PBC Blog. Most notable are the comments that he is interested in talking a long term deal,...

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Positional Breakdowns: Relief Pitcher

The 2009 season wasn’t exactly a good one for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen. Pirates’ relievers combined for a 4.61 ERA, ranking 26th in the majors. Their .259 BAA ranked 23rd in the majors. The bullpen blew 17 saves, which was one of the ten fewest in the majors, but that’s because they only had 45 save opportunities, the third fewest in the majors. Overall, their 62 percent save ratio ranked 24th in the...

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Looking back at the Gorzelanny/Grabow Trade

The trade that sent John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to the Chicago Cubs was probably one of the least favorite trades amongst Pittsburgh Pirates fans. At the time of the deal I felt there were two factors fueling this reaction. The first factor was the expectations of Pirates fans following the Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez trades. Not many people expected the Pirates to land much of a return for Wilson, so when they brought in Jeff...

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No 100 Here

A batter hitting 30 homers in a season is great, but 29 homers is also good. A batter hitting no homers in a year signifies no power, and one homer doesn’t change that status. A pitcher with 20 wins is a Cy Young contender, but a pitcher with 19 wins can be considered just as good. So the Pirates, with their win tonight, avoided 100 losses. The worst they can now finish is 62-99. Having 99 losses doesn’t suddenly make the...

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