Justin Duchscherer Back on the Radar

Bill Brink of the Post Gazette reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in Justin Duchscherer, the former Oakland Athletics pitcher.  The same rumors surfaced last year when the Pirates were reportedly interested in Duchscherer in early December, and had further talks with him a week after the original interest was discovered. Duchscherer is a big injury risk, missing the entire 2009 season, and only making five starts in...

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Ben Sheets is classic Moneyball

For some reason, pretty much every Pittsburgh Pirates forum I’ve checked has had some kind of topic or discussion about Ben Sheets signing with the Oakland Athletics for $10 M.  As with any Billy Beane move, the “Moneyball” debate gets brought up.  The only problem with this is that, despite tons of publication, and the existence of the book for about six or seven years, nobody really understands what...

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The starting pitching market isn't hurting

Someday in the future when I have kids I’m going to focus on teaching them one thing: the art of pitching.  Forget riding bikes, homework, and how to mow the yard (well, maybe not that last part, I’m fine with them taking over those duties), they need to become pitchers.  I’ll stress that because it seems like the starting pitching market is recession proof. Coming in to the off-season we heard a lot of...

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Bobby Crosby, Justin Duchscherer, Aroldis Chapman, Pitcher Values

Not much to talk about from day two of the Winter Meetings, but a few notes have come out today.  For the most part, it’s non-news for the Pirates: -Jennifer Langosch reports that Bobby Crosby is at or near the top of the priority list for the Pirates right now.  The Pirates have been looking for a player to push Ronny Cedeno defensively, and with Adam Everett off the board, the pursuit of Crosby has heated up....

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Pirates looking at pitching

UPDATE 4:32 PM: Add Kameron Loe to the mix of names.  Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates, along with the Dodgers, Braves, and Athletics, are interested in the 28 year old right hander.  Loe is 6′ 8″, 225 pounds, and has pitched 343.2 innings in the majors from 2004-08, with a 4.77 ERA, a 4.7 K/9, and a 3.2 BB/9.  He’s got a 3.83 ERA in 87 innings as a reliever.  Loe pitched in Japan last...

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