Pirates Notebook: LaRoche Trade Coming Soon?

The promotion of Steve Pearce brings up a lot of speculation about a possible Adam LaRoche trade. It’s to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised to see LaRoche traded tomorrow. I’m not saying it’s going to happen, so please don’t start any trade rumors quoting me here. That being said, let’s review the current situation: -We know that LaRoche has been mentioned in trade talks (San Francisco is...

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Pirates Notebook: Glad We Passed On Scheppers

When I was tracking draft prospects for the 2009 draft, I threw Tanner Scheppers in just for the heck of it. There was a lot of talk about how he could go as high as number two, and every Pirates fan was thinking “too bad we didn’t sign him last year”. I would be included in that list, but that doesn’t mean I wanted Scheppers this year. In fact, I would have rather had the guys we took in the second round,...

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Pirates Notebook: Cardinals and Astros go nuts signing picks

Often there’s a certain group of Pittsburgh Pirates fans who remind me of Randy Quaid’s character in Major League II (I think I’ve seen Pat at WHYGAVS refer to them as the Tin Foil crowd). I realize that there’s a lot to complain about in 16, going on 17 losing seasons, but it gets to the point where the complaining becomes ridiculous. I’m not talking about this type of complaining… No, the...

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Pirates Notebook: Maholm is better with Diaz

I’ve posted this many times in the past, but I feel it needs to be posted after every Paul Maholm start. Paul Maholm and Jason Jaramillo just don’t mix. Before I go on, the updated CERA chart, comparing the pitching rotation under Ryan Doumit, Robinzon Diaz, and Jason Jaramillo: As you can see, Maholm has been great with Doumit and Diaz, and horrible with Jaramillo. Tonight was just another example. The issue was brought...

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Pirates Notebook: Wrapping up the draft

Day three of the draft isn’t as exciting as the first two days. The top prospects are long gone, and there are a few guys who fell, or a few hidden gems, but for the most part it’s hard to get a quality player from this round. Not impossible though, it just takes a lot of investing. For example, take the 39th round pick, Keifer Nuncio, a high school right handed pitcher. Nuncio is 6’0″, 195 pounds, with a...

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