Pirates Projected Among NL’s Top Four Benches

When we last left the Pirates’ pinch hitters, they were bringing down the team’s offense with an astounding lack of punch. The Pirates hit .176 in pinch-hitting situations last season, with just two home runs in 227 at-bats, both second to last in the National League. The main culprits in the Bucs’ dreadful hitting off the bench were the players that got the most pinch-hit chances: Josh Harrison (4-for-29), Jeff...

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2012 Free Agent Options: Catcher

Earlier today I reviewed the 2011 catching position for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with a look towards the 2012 season.  The Pirates will enter the off-season looking for a starting catcher, as they currently have no one under contract for the job in 2012.  Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder both have options, although each option is far too expensive when you consider the time missed by each player due to injuries over the last few years....

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Catcher

The 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates saw eight catchers play at least one game behind the plate.  That was mostly due to injuries to Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, which limited Doumit to 60 games and Snyder to 33 games this season.  Jason Jaramillo came in to the season as the number three catcher, and started the year in Pittsburgh with Snyder on the disabled list.  However, when Snyder and Doumit both went down mid-season, Jaramillo was also...

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Pirates Acquire Mike McKenry, DFA Wyatt Toregas

  The Pirates have reportedly acquired Mike McKenry from the Red Sox. Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Boston Red Sox catcher Mike McKenry, although he mentions that the deal is unconfirmed.  The deal would make sense, as the Pirates are looking for catching.  McKenry only has eight at-bats in the majors, all of which came last year with the Rockies.  McKenry is hitting for a .280/.370/.430...

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