2011 Spring Training Battles: Bench

Every year the battles in Spring Training are pretty much limited to the same three areas: the 5th starter role, the bullpen, and the bench.  It only makes sense that this would be the case.  These are the least important spots on the team.  You don’t want to decide the important spots based on a limited amount of playing time against various levels of competition in Spring Training games.  But for the lesser roles, it’s...

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Poll: Winter Meetings Additions

The Pittsburgh Pirates added four players during the Winter Meetings this past week, signing Kevin Correia, Matt Diaz, and Scott Olsen, and selecting Josh Rodriguez in the Rule 5 draft.  Which player was your favorite addition? Take Our...

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2010 Winter Meetings Recap

The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are clearly a big deal.  All you have to do is look at the amount of transactions and news around the league over the last four days to see this.  The meetings get the most attention during the off-season, and because of that, they often receive more focus than they should, at least in terms of grading the off-season moves. The Pirates were busy during the meetings, adding left handed pitcher...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Rule 5 Draft Recap

The Rule 5 draft was completed this morning, with the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Josh Rodriguez from the Cleveland Indians.  I reviewed Rodriguez earlier today right after the pick was made.  With J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett off the board, it’s looking more and more like Ronny Cedeno will be the starting shortstop for the Pirates in 2011. Rodriguez had success at the AAA level in 2010, and could step in to the majors in 2011...

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J.J. Hardy Traded to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired shortstop J.J. Hardy from the Minnesota Twins, with the deal expected to be announced in about an hour.  That leaves the Pittsburgh Pirates without a shortstop upgrade, after Jason Bartlett was traded to the San Diego Padres yesterday. This marks the second year in a row that the Pirates have tried to trade for Hardy.  Last year they reportedly offered Matt Capps, only to see Hardy go to the Twins...

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