Trade Deadline: What's left?

I have to say this: with every move, I’m loving the apparent plan by Neal Huntington more and more. It’s obvious that he’s blowing up the team and starting from scratch. But there’s an actual plan. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the majority of pitchers he’s acquired are ground ball pitchers who don’t necessarily throw hard, but have good control with a good out pitch, usually a...

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Jam Packed Pirates Trade Market Preview

At the start of the season I did a trade preview, asking whether the Pirates should trade guys like Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson, and Adam LaRoche. The main argument against trading these guys was that we had no replacement options at any of these positions. That’s not something that has changed since the start of the season. In fact, we’re worse off now than we were then. At the start of the season we at least had hope...

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Pirates Notebook: The 2008 State College Spikes

2008 was not a good year for the State College Spikes. The short season team combined for a 18-56 record, a .243 winning percentage. The pitching staff put up a 5.40 ERA. The team was outscored 461 to 303, a -158 run differential. There was no secret in 2008 that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a weak farm system coming in to the year. The number one objective for Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelly was to rebuild that farm system (or maybe...

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Pirates Notebook: Post Trade Thoughts

I wrote on the Eric Hinske trade and the Nyjer Morgan/Sean Burnett trade earlier today. Check out those links for my thoughts on the deals. In the aftermath of the trades, I’ve got a few more thoughts, which I will provide in no specific order: Where are the left handers? The big issue, following the trade of Burnett, is the lack of left handers in the bullpen. It seemed like the Pirates had nothing but left handers in their...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates lose value by trading Grabow

With John Grabow set to be a free agent at the end of the season, we’re going to see a lot of talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates trading their lefty set-up man to re-stock the farm system. If they really want to re-stock the farm system, they should hold on to him…at least until the end of the 2009 season. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Grabow is a probable Type A free agent after this season. If you are unfamiliar with Type A...

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