How Can the Pirates Improve Internally?

Any time a move is made during the off-season, the same question gets brought up: how does this improve the team for the following season?  The entire off-season is full of this sort of analysis of the following year, usually consisting of a comparison between the team from the end of the previous season, and the projected roster for the beginning of the next season.  In this analysis, there is one flaw that I notice: the idea that...

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The 2011 Indianapolis Infield

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates added Josh Fields on a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.  The deal is a smart move to make, as Fields will most likely compete with Andy Marte for a backup corner infield role.  Regardless of which player wins, the role isn’t that important, and I’d much rather see someone like Marte or Fields get the job, with the remote chance that they could finally put things...

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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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Pirates Winter League Recap: 12/5-12/12

The stats pages for the winter leagues have been updated.  Click on the league name to see all of the stats.  Here are the key performers from the past week: Venezuelan Winter League -Ronny Cedeno: 6-for-21, 1 3B, 2 SB -Jose Tabata made his debut this week, going 5-for-11, with 1 2B, 7 BB, and 2 SB. -Anthony Claggett: 10.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K -Fernando Nieve: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K -Jose Ascanio made his debut this week,...

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2010 Position Recap: First Base

Yesterday I went over the right field situation, noting that the circumstances didn’t change during the 2010 season.  The Pirates started the season with a lot of options, but no lock for a right fielder, and ended the season with new options, and no lock for a future right fielder.  The first base scenario is a lot of the same.  The start of the season saw Jeff Clement as the starting first baseman.  Many were worried about...

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