Winter Meetings Notebook: Platoons

The lone move the Pittsburgh Pirates made on day two was the signing of outfielder Matt Diaz.  The Pirates were reported to have interest in Diaz last week after he was non-tendered by the Atlanta Braves.  The signing of Diaz raises an interesting question about how the Pirates will handle their starting first base and right field positions in 2011, and whether they will employ a platoon situation. Diaz is very similar to recently...

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Kevin Correia and the effect of PETCO Park

In the Kevin Correia thread over at Bucs Dugout, a long discussion broke out today about PETCO Park’s effect on Correia’s 2010 numbers. After reading through the debate, I decided to do some digging and see what I could figure out.

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Kevin Correia Contract Details

Yesterday the Pirates agreed to a deal with right handed pitcher Kevin Correia for two years and $8 M.  Dejan Kovacevic has the breakdown of the contract details. Correia’s deal includes a $2 M signing bonus, plus base salaries of $3 M a year in 2011 and 2012.  He can also earn up to $1 M in performance bonuses.  If Correia is traded, his new team can’t offer him arbitration.  Correia was a Type B free agent this...

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Why I Like Kevin Correia

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a deal with free agent starter Kevin Correia last night, adding the right hander to a two year, $8 M deal.  I’m a fan of Kevin Correia, and this off-season marks the third one in a row that I’ve wanted the Pirates to add him.  In 2008 he had been outrighted off the 40-man roster by the San Francisco Giants.  At the time he looked like a good flier for a bullpen job, with the chance to...

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Pirates sign Kevin Correia

Per Jerry Crasnick.

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