This Date in Pirates History: January 19

On this date in 2007 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded relief pitcher Mike Gonzalez along with minor leaguer Brett Lillibridge, to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for first baseman Adam LaRoche and minor leaguer Jamie Romak. Gonzalez had pitched out of the Pirates bullpen for four seasons and in 2006 he took over the closer role where he saved 24 games with a 2.17 ERA in 54 innings. During the 2004 season the lefty had a 1.25 ERA in 47...

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Going Cheap Pt 2: Where do good players come from?

Yesterday, in part one of this series, I looked at whether you could find cheap bullpen options.  In my review of the best relievers in the 2009 season I found that 35 were cheap additions, while 18 were expensive options.  The important question to ask today is: what is the difference between a cheap option and an expensive option.  You may be quick to say that money, or the cost of acquiring the reliever via trade, is...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 1997

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player. J.J. Davis received a $1,675,000 signing...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 1996

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player. Kris Benson received a $2,000,000 signing bonus. Andy Prater received a $15,000 signing...

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