The Off-Season Additions and the Prospects in the Wings

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the 2011 off-season with holes at first base, right field, shortstop, and the starting rotation.  So far they have added Lyle Overbay to fill the first base role, Matt Diaz to platoon with Garrett Jones in right field, missed out on a few shortstops, and signed Kevin Correia for the rotation, while adding Scott Olsen as an option for the fifth starter role. It seems that two things are certain when it...

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The Pirates Have Upgraded, But How Much?

In 2004 I was in college, and at the same time managing a local movie theatre.  Because of this job, I saw movie previews all the time, knew the release dates of movies months in advance, and got to watch the movies a few days before they were released, which was technically part of my job since I was supposed to be watching to make sure there was nothing wrong with the film (which sounds great until you are forced to watch some...

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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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Are the Pirates Building Trade Depth?

It’s hard to draw any conclusions about the projected 2011 roster this early in the off-season, but after two days of the MLB Winter Meetings there are two trends that suggest the Pittsburgh Pirates could be looking to add some trade depth to the major league roster. The first trend is the focus on late inning relievers.  The Pirates made an offer to J.J. Putz before he signed a two year, $10 M deal with the Arizona...

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