The Pirates Have a Bench That Can’t Hit Right-Handers
Mar30

The Pirates Have a Bench That Can’t Hit Right-Handers

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield...

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Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield Defense and Offensive Questions
Mar29

Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield Defense and Offensive Questions

The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season begins on Monday when the Pirates take on the Cubs. To prepare for the start of the year, I’ll be previewing all of the position groups on the Opening Day roster. Here are the previews we have so far. The Pirates Rotation Has Some Red Flags, But Still Projects to Carry the Team The Pirates Won’t Have to Wait For Gregory Polanco to Have a Top Outfield Pirates Will Once Again Have Strong Infield...

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The Pirates Could Be Active on the Trade Market in the Next Week
Mar25

The Pirates Could Be Active on the Trade Market in the Next Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a big wave of cuts today, putting the Spring Training roster at 31 players. That includes Chris Stewart, who is projected to start the season on the disabled list. That leaves five more cuts remaining before Opening Day. Neal Huntington said today that the team could make the final cuts in Philadelphia over the weekend. “As hard as our decisions were last night and at the end of today, we’ve...

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First Pitch: The Lack of Third Base Depth
Feb25

First Pitch: The Lack of Third Base Depth

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Brent Morel off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. The move isn’t exactly inspiring. Morel doesn’t have good offensive numbers in his time at the major league level, and that includes any platoon splits. It’s normal for a waiver claim to lack noticeable appeal. The players who are on waivers were the guys who were the 40th best player on their former team’s 40-man roster....

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Jason Grilli throws off the mound; Josh Harrison has a girl
Feb18

Jason Grilli throws off the mound; Josh Harrison has a girl

Earlier today I noted that Jason Grilli hadn’t thrown since last Thursday, taking a few extra days off between bullpen sessions. Both Clint Hurdle and Grilli said that he was fine, with no health concerns. Today Grilli threw five pitches off flat ground, and 15 off the mound. Hurdle talked about the reduced workload, and how this is a custom approach for Grilli due to the feedback received from the player. “Just because...

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