Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

The Pirates are going to have an interesting arbitration class this offseason. Several players — Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Neil Walker — could all stand to get pretty heavy pay raises, while pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, both third time eligible, could serve as off-season trade chips. The Pirates also have an option on veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who which could be exercised to return as their backup....

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Pirates Notebook: The New Lumber Company?

PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t out to make a statement. Whether people believe this team can contend in the National League Central this season or not, they are focused on each individual game, one day at a time. But how this team has been battling all season long has started to open some new eyes. While the pitching held the club in the games during the first month of the season, it’s been the...

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McCutchen, Hanrahan Named to National League All-Star Team

All-Star selections were announced this afternoon and the Pittsburgh Pirates will have outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan representing the Steel City. McCutchen, 25, enters game action today with 15 home runs, 51 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Despite being the only player in Major League Baseball with at least 15 homers, 50 RBI and 14 stolen bases this season, McCutchen was not named to the starting team. He did make the roster...

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McCutchen Placed on DL; Hanrahan Activated From Bereavement List

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-hander Daniel McCutchen on the disabled list prior to the game on Sunday. As a corresponding move, they added closer Joel Hanrahan back on the club’s active roster. Hanrahan was placed on the Bereavement List on Thursday due to the passing of his Grandmother. The righty closer is available from the bullpen for today’s game against Houston. McCutchen was placed on...

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The Power of the Pirates Bullpen

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has already shown their resiliency this season. Twice this year the ‘pen has been called upon to cover 8.0 innings. And they did so very efficiently. They’ve seen several guys come and go, but at the end of the day, the men in the bullpen have been solid for the Pirates. “I’m pleased with the bullpen,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “They’re...

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