Exhibit A on Why Player Options Are Bad

Over the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates set out to add to their starting rotation, and made a big push for free agent starter Jorge de la Rosa.  It was reported that the Pirates made a competitive offer for him, although he went to Colorado, largely because he wanted to remain there, but also because they gave him a two year deal with a player option. If you are unfamiliar with how a player option works, it’s probably...

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Game 45 Recap: Pirates Extend Winning Streak to Four

Some late inning runs propelled the Pirates past the Detroit Tigers. The Pirates handed Max Scherzer his first loss of the season. Kevin Correia picked up his first home win on the year. After giving up a one out single in the first, Correia retired the next nine Detroit hitters. Then he hit a snag in the fourth. Three straight doubles from Andy Dirks, Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Scherzer seemed to be...

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Who Creates Space For Brad Lincoln?

Remember back in the off-season when the Pittsburgh Pirates were starved for pitching help?  At one point in time, people were calling for the Pirates to add Armando Galarraga to the rotation, thinking he’d be an obvious upgrade.  Galarraga was recently waived, which means the Pirates could have a chance to claim him.  However, at this point, it would be impossible for Galarraga to crack the rotation. The rotation currently has...

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Game 40 Recap: Bucs Don’t Overcome Rough Start, Get Swept

Kevin Correia gave up five hits and four runs in the first inning and the Pirates never recovered. Pittsburgh was held in check and without a hit until the fifth inning by Zach Greinke. A five run fifth pulled the Pirates to within a single tally. But the Beer Makers scored a trio of runs against the Pirates bullpen. It got ugly from the start. Correia yielded a single to the first two hitters (Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez) before...

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Game 36 Recap: Dodgers Pound Buccos Back to .500

The Dodgers broke open a scoreless game with ten runs in the final four frames. Ted Lilly pitched six innings and kept the Pirates in check for the win. Through five innings Kevin Correia and Lilly matched each other. Combine the two offenses only sent one man past first base. That all changed in the sixth. With two outs Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles both reached on a single. Andre Ethier singled home Carroll. Matt Kemp delivered the...

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