Winter Meetings Notebook: A Quiet First Day

Is it just me, or does it seem like day one of the MLB Winter Meetings was the calm before the storm for the Pittsburgh Pirates? I don’t think the Pirates are going to light the world on fire and sign a few top free agents, or make some blockbuster trade, but it certainly looks like we could see some moves in the next few days.  Consider the following events: -The Pirates need one spot cleared on the 40-man roster by today,...

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Pirates offered Capps for J.J. Hardy

The Milwaukee Brewers traded J.J. Hardy to the Minnesota Twins last week for center field prospect Carlos Gomez. Today, Dejan Kovacevic reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates offered closer Matt Capps to the Brewers for Hardy, before Milwaukee traded Hardy to the Twins. I wrote a few weeks ago on the OBN forum that I felt Capps for Hardy would have been the perfect trade. Both players were coming off of down years, both players had two...

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Positional Breakdowns: Relief Pitcher

The 2009 season wasn’t exactly a good one for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen. Pirates’ relievers combined for a 4.61 ERA, ranking 26th in the majors. Their .259 BAA ranked 23rd in the majors. The bullpen blew 17 saves, which was one of the ten fewest in the majors, but that’s because they only had 45 save opportunities, the third fewest in the majors. Overall, their 62 percent save ratio ranked 24th in the...

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No 100 Here

A batter hitting 30 homers in a season is great, but 29 homers is also good. A batter hitting no homers in a year signifies no power, and one homer doesn’t change that status. A pitcher with 20 wins is a Cy Young contender, but a pitcher with 19 wins can be considered just as good. So the Pirates, with their win tonight, avoided 100 losses. The worst they can now finish is 62-99. Having 99 losses doesn’t suddenly make the...

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Matt Capps and his 2009 struggles

Matt Capps has decided that the best way to bounce back in 2010 is to throw more fastballs. I’ve tried a lot of different pitches this year, the slider, the change … I’ve had a sinker, too, that runs in on right-handers. But when I’m just myself out there, I’m letting her rip. Just throw gas. Keep everything consistent about what I’m doing. Using the awesomeness of FanGraphs, let’s take a look...

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